Navigation Links
Many Americans Not Prepared for Disasters: Poll
Date:7/20/2012

FRIDAY, July 20 (HealthDay News) -- A new national survey shows that Americans have not learned their lessons from recent disasters.

The Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation poll revealed that 44 percent of U.S. adults don't have first-aid kits and 48 percent lack emergency supplies for use in the event of catastrophes. The researchers said that people have a responsibility to boost their emergency preparedness, to make difficult or life-threatening situations safer.

The findings suggested that Americans have a false sense of security. Although the researchers found that more than 53 percent of Americans do not have a three-day supply of nonperishable food and water in their home, those surveyed believe they can survive in their homes for an average of 16 days in the event of a disaster.

The poll also revealed that 55 percent of Americans think they can rely on local authorities to come to their rescue when disaster strikes.

Parents, in particular, are not ready for a disaster, the investigators found. Although 80 percent of the parents polled said they were well prepared for such an event, 52 percent have not designated a family meeting place where they can find each other if they are separated during an emergency.

Moreover, the study revealed that 42 percent of Americans do not know the phone numbers of all of their immediate family members.

The researchers pointed out that disaster could strike while people are at work, yet 21 percent of working Americans don't know if their workplace has an emergency preparedness plan, the poll showed.

Meanwhile, only 18 percent of those surveyed reported receiving information on health care preparedness from the media. Although keeping a list of current medications on hand is key, only 63 percent of adults have actually made a list of the drugs they are taking. Crucial health insurance documents should also be copied in case of a disaster, but 52 percent of Americans have not taken this precaution.

More information

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency provides more information on emergency preparedness.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Adelphi University, news release, July 16, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Young Americans Need to Cut Calorie Intake: Study
2. Americans Support Medicare Reform, But Not on Their Dime: Poll
3. One-third of adult Americans with arthritis battle anxiety or depression
4. Systemic sclerosis complications more severe in African Americans than Caucasians
5. 53 million Americans might have diabetes by 2025, according to a new study in Population Health Management
6. Fewer Young Americans Smoking, Survey Finds
7. Genetic marker may predict smoking quantity in African Americans
8. Half of Americans with individual health plans could gain better coverage under the ACA
9. 1 in 5 Americans Has Untreated Cavities: CDC
10. WSU study finds overwhelming evidence of hidden heart disease in hypertensive African-Americans
11. More Than 46 Million Americans Uninsured in 2011: Report
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Many Americans Not Prepared for Disasters: Poll 
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have ... these feelings, many turn to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as ... Michigan, has released tools for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to extreme mood ... something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there was a ... children and say he was going to kill them. If we were driving on ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm ... 2016 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered ... Seven Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® ... American Cancer Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to ... and other adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils ... an essay contest in which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic ... 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016   Bay ... Rehabilitation Network,s Dean Center for Tick Borne ... Medicine and Rehabilitation, MIT Hacking Medicine, University of ... Innovation, today announced the five finalists of ... Lyme disease.  More than 100 scientists, clinicians, researchers, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016 Research ... "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural Health ... Structural electronics involves electronic and/or electrical ... structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle bodies ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 Dehaier Medical ... the "Company"), which develops, markets and sells medical devices ... , signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Hongyuan ... "Hongyuan Supply Chain") on June 20, 2016, to develop ... the strategic cooperation agreement, Dehaier will leverage Hongyuan Supply ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: