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People In Rural Areas Better Prepared For Disaster

Last updated on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

(UNDATED) - Results of a statewide readiness survey show that people who live in rural areas are nearly 12% more likely to be prepared for a disaster than those who live in and around urban areas.

The online survey was a joint effort between the Survey Research Center at Indiana University, Purdue University Indianapolis and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS).

More than 2,000 people from across the state responded. Based on the results, residents in rural areas are 28% more likely to have a home evacuation plan than those in urban areas.

The only question on which urban residents scored higher than their rural counterparts was urban residents reported owning a preparedness kit, 2% more often than rural residents.

The survey results will help officials to focus efforts on those areas where citizens are lacking.

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