January 6, 2011

A LOOK AT DISASTER PREPAREDNESS IN KNOX COUNTY:

Among the findings:

42 percent of Knox County adults said they have a three-day supply of water for each household member.

85 percent have a three-day supply of non-perishable food for each household member.

95 percent have a working flashlight and batteries.

11 percent have a written evacuation plan.

All in all, more than 17 percent of Knox Countians considered their household “well-prepared for a large-scale disaster or emergency,” while about a quarter said they’re “not prepared at all.”

Emergency response coordinator Larry Hutsell said he was “pleasantly surprised” that so many people were, at least, thinking about what they’d do in the event of a disaster – something the Health Department and other county and city agencies, working together, have gotten down to a science over the past several years.

Read the whole thing. Not bad, considering. If you’re interested, there’s more info at Bill Quick’s disaster-preparedness forum. And here’s a disaster-preparedness list too.

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