Survey: Many Hoosiers Ill-Prepared For Disasters

November 15, 2013

A survey by a state agency has found that a majority of Indiana residents aren’t prepared to survive on their own in the aftermath of a tornado, blizzard or other disaster.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security surveyed more than 2,500 people and found that more than half of them didn’t have at least three days’ worth of food and water on hand for their households should a natural or man-made disaster occur.

More than half also didn’t have other items recommended for a family preparedness kit, including flashlights, extra batteries, first-aid supplies and extra pet supplies.

Agency spokesman John Erickson says the findings should serve as a sobering reminder for Hoosiers to make preparations now for themselves, their families and their pets because disasters can happen at any time.

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