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Survey: Americans Ignore Evacuation Orders

August 17, 2012 Leave a comment dridrive

A recent survey from Allstate shows more than one-in-four (27 percent) Americans say they would ignore evacuation orders and wait until absolutely necessary before leaving their home or seeking shelter in the event of an imminent natural disaster.


According to the Allstate survey, 21 percent of Americans have had their homes damaged by natural disasters. However, this elevated level of disasters and property damage have not been a call to action for many. Not only are people willing to take their chances with an approaching catastrophe, they may not be as prepared as they should be.


Americans’ lack of evacuation plans and procedures are a cause for concern. Nearly half (46 percent) of survey respondents say they have not thought about or even discussed an evacuation plan or meeting place away from the home for their family. The majority of Americans (62 percent) also say they have not prepared an emergency kit.


For more on the survey and to see Allstate’s video report on the findings (which you might want to use in your own awareness and preparedness campaigns), click here.