A poll conducted by The National Center for Disaster Preparedness found that less than half of individuals polled had an emergency plan in place for a major hurricane or earthquake.
Homeland Security Newswire states:“Most Americans are unprepared for major disasters and that they maintain a false sense of security with regard to what will happen if a major disaster or a terrorist attack took place; contrary to reality, almost one-third of respondents believed that during a major disaster, calling 911 would bring help within an hour, while 30 percent said they believed help would come within several hours."
“In actuality, major disasters quickly overwhelm emergency responders and residents are often left to fend for themselves for several days before help can arrive.”
Clearly, most Americans have erroneous beliefs about disaster preparedness.
According to an article by Alan Lieberson in Scientific American, survival without food is determined by factors such as body weight, genetic variation, other health considerations, and the presence or absence of dehydration. But the general rule of thumb used by experts is that you can go three weeks without food, three days without water, three days without shelter, and three minutes without air.
Experts warns that in an emergency such as an earthquake, hurricane, winter storm, or other emergencies, you may not have access to food, water, or electricity, for days or even weeks. They recommend that people make preparations now to store emergency food and water for yourself and your family.They also recommend that you store foods that require no refrigeration, water, special preparation, or cooking such as our long term food storage kits.Purchasing an emergency supply of food with a shelf life of 25 years, and an emergency storage container for water, can give you the peace of mind that you and your family can survive an emergency: