More residents plan for survival but are not prepared
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 1:30 p.m.
Recently published results of a national survey on people's preparedness for a disaster has revealed that Bay of Plenty residents are better prepared than ever before but there's room for improvement.
Chair of the Bay of Plenty Joint Committee for Emergency Management, John Forbes said the annual independent research revealed that two-thirds (66 percent) of Bay of Plenty residents have a survival plan for their household, which is a significant increase of 19 percent on the 2010 result.
"We are pleased to see that more than a third of local people (34 percent) are fully prepared at home, and 87 percent of people have some emergency items.
"Where we can improve is by helping people become fully prepared for an emergency situation, because at the moment just 12 percent of people are fully prepared."
Mr Forbes encouraged residents to take responsibility for their safety, and that of their family, by having a survival plan and becoming fully prepared for any emergency.