With recent devastation, natural or otherwise, affecting countless communities, we surveyed more than 2,000 Californians about their concerns and preparedness for emergency situations.
Our survey found:
- 53% say they are not prepared for an emergency or disaster situation
- Californians are most concerned about earthquakes and terrorist attacks (33% and 29%, respectively) above wildfires, storms, flooding and economic crash
- Half of Californians are “very concerned” about potential disasters, one in three are “somewhat concerned”
- 64% say that 2017 events have increased their concern for potential disasters
Want to get prepared?
We’ve expanded on our list of emergency items to keep in your car and put together a comprehensive list of supplies that you should have at home, in your car and at your place of work to ensure you’re ready when disaster strikes.
Essentials Items for Your Emergency Kit:
- Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Consider these additional items based on your individual/family needs:
- Prescription medications
- Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
- Glasses and contact lense solution
- Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Cash or traveler's checks
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
For more information on how to prepare for specific emergencies, creating a family emergency plan and how to get emergency alerts and information visit Ready.gov.
We survey 2,000 California residents via the survey platform Pollfish about their feelings and preparedness for emergency or disaster situations. The survey was conducted between October 10, 2017 and October 12, 2017.