Are You Prepared for a Disaster?
Two weeks after the derecho in Iowa and as we now watch the Southern part of the United States in places like Louisiana and Texas prepare for hurricanes, a new survey asks how prepared the average person is for a disaster.
As far as knowing what was coming? It's safe to say few of us were at all prepared for what arrived. But once it did, step one was having a generator. You're very lucky if you do, because the survey from Value Penguin says only 16 percent of people do.
Do you have enough food? Probably so, said the survey, but likely not enough water. It goes on to recommend having enough of each on hand to last at least three days. Obviously, more would be a good idea.
It's important to have a centralized meet-up place if you and your family are separated during the storm, if you're not all at home. Finally, there's no stopping us from saving our pets in these disasters, as 89% of those surveyed said they have that plan in place. An emergency kit is essential with supplies such as a flashlight, batteries, cash, a universal tool, and first-aid supplies. Make sure you have secure access you can take on-the-go on a moment's notice with all important financial and identification documents in a box or file that can be evacuated on short notice.
Naturally, the 25 cities that were surveyed were found to be the most disaster-prone and thus the most prepared for it. Houston, Miami, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Richmond and Oklahoma City topped the list. To them, this is old hat, but we've had to learn a lot in a short amount of time. Like in 2008 and 2016, Cedar Rapids certainly learned a lot of survival and preparedness lessons from the derecho, mostly on our own--together--with the help of friends, loved ones and neighbors.
Read more about the findings and how to prepare for a disaster, according to Value Penguin, here.