Survey Shows More Than Half of Hoosier Homes are not Prepared for Emergencies
Created by kblakeslee on 11/12/2013 5:21:09 PM


INDIANA, (WOWO): Is your home prepared for an emergency? You may be surprised at the answer.

A recent survey conducted by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security found that more than half of Hoosier homes are not at a proper level of preparedness should an emergency such as a tornado, blizzard, earthquake or some sort of manmade disaster occur.

 “The fact that at least half of Hoosier households are ill-prepared for a disaster is worrisome and why we are reminding Hoosiers to make preparations now for themselves, their families and their pets,” said IDHS Senior Public Information Officer John Erickson.  “Disasters can happen any time and without much, if any, notice and we are especially concerned about these survey results, with winter weather just around the corner.”

Erickson says part of the lack of preparedness stems from a false sense of security and the fact that 87 percent of those surveyed said they had never really experienced a widespread emergency. He says most people simply think it won’t happen to them.

The following are a few tips to get your home up to speed; they include having a stock pile of food for up to three days, spare batteries, extra medical supplies, and working flashlights.

For more information on building a preparedness kit and drafting a family emergency plan, visit GetPrepared.IN.govor www.ready.gov.