Emergency Preparedness Poll

Are you among those who are not fully prepared for an emergency?

October 26, 2012, Adelphi University CHI Poll: Emergency Preparedness

The Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation national poll reveals that nearly half of U.S. adults do not have the resources and plans in place in the event of disaster.


Below is a summary of some of the striking findings from our 2012 poll of U.S. adults:

  • 44 percent don’t have first-aid kits 
  • 48 percent lack emergency supplies 
  • 53 percent do not have a minimum three-day supply of nonperishable food and water at home
  • 55 percent believe local authorities will come to their rescue if disaster strikes
  • 52 percent have not designated a family meeting place if they are separated during an emergency
  • 42 percent do not know the phone numbers of all of their immediate family members
  • 21 percent don’t know if their workplace has an emergency preparedness plan
  • 37 percent do not have a list of the drugs they are taking
  • 52 percent do not have copies of health insurance documents

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The Adelphi Natural Disaster Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,003 American adults, ages 18 and older, between May 15th and May 23rd, 2012, using a random-dialing telephone survey.