Disaster preparedness: a comparative study of North Carolina and Montana.


OBJECTIVE The emergency preparedness of residents of North Carolina and Montana were compared. METHODS General preparedness was evaluated using responses to 4 questions related to a household's 3-day supply of water, 3-day supply of nonperishable food, a working battery-operated radio, and a working battery-operated flashlight. Each positive answer was awarded 1 point to create an emergency preparedness score that ranged from 0 (minimum) to 4 (maximum). Results were assessed statistically. RESULTS The average emergency preparedness score did not differ between the 2 states (P = .513). One factor influencing higher preparedness in both states was being male. Other influencing factors in North Carolina were older age, being a race/ethnicity other than white, having an annual income of $35 000 or more, having children in the household, better (excellent/very good/good) self-reported health, and not being disabled. In contrast, other factors influencing higher emergency preparedness in Montana were having a college degree and being married or partnered. CONCLUSIONS A divergence was found in factors influencing the likelihood of being prepared. These factors were likely a result of different sociodemographic and geographic characteristics between the 2 states.

DOI: 10.1017/dmp.2014.38

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@article{Gazibara2014DisasterPA, title={Disaster preparedness: a comparative study of North Carolina and Montana.}, author={Tatjana Gazibara and Haomiao Jia and Erica Ilene Lubetkin}, journal={Disaster medicine and public health preparedness}, year={2014}, volume={8 3}, pages={239-42} }