Adelphi University created the Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation Poll (AU CHI Poll) to gauge public awareness and opinion on critical and pressing public health concerns. As the country, especially those of us in the northeast with fresh memories of Hurricane Irene, braces for the potential devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy, we wanted to share the results of the inaugural poll to help encourage personal preparedness in advance of the storm.
According to our recent nationwide survey of adults, the Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation Poll found that 84% of Americans don’t think it’s very likely they will be affected by a disaster. Really? The Poll further found that 44% of the respondents don’t have first aid kits, that they believe they can survive an average of 16 days if forced to remain in their homes during a disaster, but over half (53%) didn’t have a 3-day supply of nonperishable food and water stored at home. 55% thought the authorities will look after them in case of a disaster. The AU CHI Poll demonstrates that this sense of security is unrealistic and it could have tragic circumstances.
Other highlights from the Poll include:
Americans Are Not Focusing on the Most Important Item—Their Health
- 63% don’t have a list of their current medications
- More than half (52%) of Americans have not prepared copies of crucial health insurance documents in case of a disaster
Americans Don’t Have a Disaster Kit—A Flashlight Isn’t Enough
- 48% don’t have emergency supplies
- Americans believe they can survive an average of 16 days if forced to remain in their homes during a disaster. However, over half (53%) of Americans don’t have a 3-day supply of nonperishable food and water stored at home.
Parents Are Not Ready for Disaster
- 80% of parents agree their family is well prepared for a disaster, but this sense of security is unrealistic
- 52% of parents don’t have a designated meeting place if separated from family
When Disaster Strikes at Work
- 21% of working Americans go to work each day without knowledge of a workplace emergency preparedness plan
- Two in five (42%) Americans don’t know all their immediate family members’ phone numbers
Americans Aren’t Receiving the Information They Need to Survive
- Less than one in five (18%) have received information on healthcare preparedness.
- 55% of Americans believe that local authorities will take care of them and their families during a disaster
We urge you to act upon the poll’s findings and use the time ahead of the storm to prepare yourself and your family. To assist you, here are some important resources from ready.gov:
- How to Build a Basic Disaster Kit for Your Family
- Creating a Family Emergency Plan
- What to Do Before, During, and After a Hurricane.
The inaugural Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation Poll was designed to gauge the opinion of Americans on emergency preparedness, seeks to play an important role in alerting people to the dangers of not planning for the unexpected and offer solutions/tips for making an incredibly difficult situation easier. Click here to view the Poll.
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