A survey released today by the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services claims that while two-thirds of San Diegans feel it is either likely or highly likely that they will be affected by a major disaster, only half have formal disaster plans ready to put into effect should such a disaster strike.

That’s compared to 39 percent of all Americans who have set out a plan for their family, according to the county.

Here’s a quote from the county’s press release:

“The survey indicates that we, in San Diego County, are making a difference with our public education campaign. We have mailed disaster plans to each household in the county, and used television advertisements and billboards to motivate 300,000 people into taking at least one action to better prepare their families for a catastrophic event,” said Ron Lane, Director of the County Office of Emergency Services. “In this case, the glass is both half full and half empty.”

The county’s findings are based on a survey of 1,200 people carried out by Rea and Parker Research. The survey also found that about 80 percent of San Diegans have a three-day supply of food and water at home; about 40 percent have a pre-designated meeting place outside the home and about three-quarters are prepared to evacuate their home in 15 minutes.


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