CNN Poll: Northeast least prepared for emergency
August 26th, 2011
10:35 AM ET
10 years ago

CNN Poll: Northeast least prepared for emergency

Washington (CNN) - Roughly half of all Americans say they have made some preparations for an emergency like a hurricane, according to a new national survey. But unfortunately, a CNN/ORC International Poll released Friday indicates that the regions that are least likely to be prepared are urban areas in the Northeast, and many of them may be in the path of Hurricane Irene.

According to the survey, 45 percent of all Americans say they have a stockpile of food and water in their homes in case of a terrorist attack or a natural disaster like a hurricane or earthquake. Those figures are highest in the South and the West - where hurricanes and earthquakes are most frequent - but only 36 percent of Northeasterners say they have emergency supplies of food and water.

People who live in rural areas are also more prepared that people who live in big cities - only 42 percent in urban areas have a stockpile of food and water, compared to 51 percent of rural residents.

"The pattern is the same for having an emergency kit with fresh batteries, a radio, and a first aid kit - 46 percent of Americans say they have an emergency kit, but urban residents are least likely to do so," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Only about a third of all Americans say they have a 'safe room' in their house in the event of an attack."

The CNN/ORC International Poll was conducted August 24-25, with 1,017 national adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. logic in LA

    With the amount of snow and potential danger from it, you would think they would have some preparations made.

    August 26, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Somehow Irene is just not registering as clearly as say the 4.5 aftershock of the earthquake we had earlier this week.
    I don't go for the whole Mayan theory but we ARE having earthquakes in the 4 to 6 magnitude here in the Mid-Atlantic region folks; something heretofore unheard of.

    August 26, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    I am a Native New Yorker and used to live in Freeport, LI – a hop, skip and a jump from Jones Beach. If I were there, I definitely would have to evacuate. This storm seems as if there is nowhere to run on Long Island.

    I talked to my brother, who still lives in Uniondale, and he said they are not even prepared for a storm (covering windows, etc.). Those TOUGH New Yorkers will take this serious at the last minute. I just hope they take it serious NOW!!

    August 26, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Rick in OP

    I live in Florida. Dealing with hurricanes every summer is a part of living. We have learned to have emergency supplies on hand at all times. You have to be mentally and physically prepared for a disruption in your life that may last for a day or for a month or longer. Do not expect someone to come to you and take care of you. You are personally responsible for your own well being.

    August 26, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hey T'sah did'nt know you were a fellow New Yorker! You're right we are all waiting until the last minute. I think the rason for that in my current area of residence is that every year we are "threatened" by the forecasters with doom and gloom be it through winter storms that seldom manifest themselves, or hurricane-type weather.
    We're going tio get caught with our pants down so to speak one of these days and "learn us a lesson"!

    August 26, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Mike

    Watched last night as some residents along the Jersey shore said they're going to ride it out. Apparently they do not remember Katrina. They should all use a magic marker and write their names on the skin of their arms so the bodies can be identified. People need to heed the warnings and get out of it's way.

    August 26, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Bill from GA

    I do want to express my sympathy, in advance, and hope for the best outcome (Go To Sea, Irene!!!); I lived a few years on Rockaway Beach, and I fear the worst for my friends there.

    August 26, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    With the amount of snow and potential danger from it, you would think they would have some preparations made.
    We are always well prepared and have plenty of gas for the snowblower! New Englanders enjoy snow. The blizzard of '78 was one giant party.

    Hurricanes have come through before and are to be taken much more seriously. We've had a lot of rain recently and all the reservoirs are full. I'm sure there will be a lot of flooding. I just hope a lot of the large trees we have around the area do not get toppled onto homes. Many will be prepared, but many will not be. It's up to each person to take responsibility for themselves and their family and do the best you can to be safe and survive whatever comes.

    August 26, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. boocat

    I live in NYC and yes, we are are in denial about emergencies. Our local newscasters told us to get to the stores today and buy supplies.....what they don't realize or have forgotten is that some of us have to work during the day like today and can't make food runs, etc...

    August 26, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. The Elephant in The Room

    I can believe that the Northest is less prepared. States up there have perenially been funding government spending that flows DISPPROTiONATELY to so-called "RED" states. Like Rick Perry`s Texas where the Federal Government is the LARGEST and fastest growing employer.

    August 26, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. cindy

    We went thru katrina-tho lived in Hattiesburg in areas it looked like a bomb had been set off. Take it seriously folks....get out of her way.

    August 26, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. tv22

    It's simple, people that have been through these storms know enough to get out of the way, people that haven't wonder what the fuss is all about. Katrina is a fine example. The President could lead by evacuating out of Martha's Vineyard which is right in the path of the storm and should experience a tremendous storm surge as well as bear the more dangerous east side of the hurricane.

    August 26, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |