Survey: More homes ready for emergencies

LIHUE — A recent state survey found more homes are prepared for emergencies.

The state Department of Health’s Kauai District Health Office conducted door-to-door surveys in July at randomly selected households islandwide to assess preparedness levels and evacuation plans. Over the course of three days, survey teams completed 186 interviews.

“From 2018 to 2019, statistically significant increases were observed across several household emergency preparedness indicators,” a press release said. “For example, the percentage of households with a 14-day supply of non-perishable food increased from 41 to 44 percent, while the percentage of households with a 14-day supply of water increased from 20 to 28 percent.

Combined, the percentage of households with a 14-day supply of both food and water increased from 14 to 18 percent, representing a 29 percent increase over a one-year period.

Much more preparedness is necessary statewide, DOH officials said.

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