Apr 20th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready ?
Dr. Sarah Toevs
The purpose of this study was to assess the level of awareness of emergency preparedness recommendations among a convenience sample (n= 107) of participants attending the Boise State University REACH Health Fair. The average age of the participants was 41 years-old, predominately female (63.6%) and were not students (67.3%). The survey was distributed from a booth sponsored by the Idaho Public Health Association designed to provide information on the Get Ready Campaign. The Get Ready Campaign, initiated by the American Public Health Association (APHA), is focused on encouraging people to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Preliminary results indicate that 39% of those surveyed reported that they were “aware” or “very aware” of the supplies and food one should have in their home in the event of an emergency. In addition, 34% reported that their households were “prepared” or “very prepared”in the event of an emergency and 76% indicated that the internet was a major source for information on how to make their household safer. The findings from this survey will be shared with the staff at BSU Health, Wellness and Counseling, members of the Idaho Public Health Association, and the Central District Health Department for use in program planning and implementation related to emergency preparedness.