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"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." - Benjamin Franklin
According to an Esurance survey of 1,000 Americans, 75 percent do not prepare for severe weather emergencies.
The Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation conducted a poll which showed that 44 percent of Americans don't have first-aid kits and 48 percent lack emergency supplies for use in the event of catastrophes.
A Harris poll found that only 54 percent of Americans say they are prepared for long-term power outage or other natural disaster, such as a flood, wildfire or hurricane.
Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University stated: "We are experiencing a continuous increase in the number of extreme weather events, and 10 years after Hurricane Katrina and three years after Superstorm Sandy the vast majority of Americans remain unprepared for major disasters."
What would lull Americans into a false sense of security and cause them to ignore prior disasters? Are they too busy working, raising a family, too distracted? Or have they put too much faith in government?
The survey by Columbia University conducted by Dr. Redlener perhaps sheds some light on this widespread complacency. It found that most Americans have a false sense of security, with one-third believing that during a major disaster that calling 911 would bring help within an hour, and 30 percent believing help would come within several hours.
Dr. Redlener states that the survey "revealed that people's faith in emergency response is unrealistic." He shared that even during minor weather events such as the blizzard that shut down New York City, it slowed police and paramedic response times.
He went on to postulate that "many, many people believe that within an hour or two you will have someone knocking on your door. There has been a strange delusion that, even after all we have been through, the rescue response will occur rather rapidly."