I wish I could find the original post to give them credit and some link love.
Of the one-hundred people polled here (Pop. 16,750 small town) are answers to the following questions;
(Town was divided into four sections geographicaly; neighborhoods also divided by income groups)
Q1: What would you do if there was a nation-wide power outage and you could not prepare a meal?
A: 65% stated that they would call and order a pizza for that day, 26% stated they would “go out to eat”, 5% stated they have a gas stove, 3% didn’t know what to do, and 1% stated they had a way to cook (Camp stove, kerosene heaters, portable grills)
Q2: Do you have food and water stored for emegencies?
A: 89% said there is no reason to have stored food since there is a grocery store close by, 95% said they had no water stored (as long as you pay your water bill you’ll get water from the tap), 9% percent said they cannot afford to “stock up” (these 9% also had stated they went on vacations or bought a second and third or fourth auto this year), 2 percent stated they had stored food and water for emergency for less than three days, 1 percent said they had food and water for 14 days. The majority of persons polled stated they had only one or two days of food and no water.
Q3: In the event of a nation wide natural(CME) or man-made(EMP) catastrophe where no energy sources were available, would you be able to protect yourself and loved ones?
A: 85% said they would call 911(even though few had firearms), 10% stated that they had a “monitored alarm system”, and 5% said that they had the means of self-protection
Q4: Do you have a stocked first aid kit for emergencies?
A: 23% had some sort of “Band-aid” product and would put over an uncleaned wound(most believe that a band-aid can clean a wound), 2% have well stocked kits and have first aid knowlegde, 75% stated they had nothing because there are doctors and hospitals and would call 911 for help
Q5: Do you have in your home a working flashlight?
A: 42% have a flashlight but “the kids run the batteries down”, 37% have a light with no batteries because of the expense or not needed, 20% had no flashlight (Response: pay your electric bill and the lights will stay on), 1% had multiple working lights with spare bulbs
Q6: With the current raise in prices from food, fuel, and other costs. Have you thought about “prepping for bad times”?
A: 68% said that the goverment would help them and there was nothing to “really” worry about, 31% stated that their money was going for “other” expenses(IE Christmas, vacations, new cars, cruises,salon expenses, superbowl tickets,electronics), only 1% have prepped or beginning to.
Q7: Have thought about buying gold or silver to use as “real money”, or to safeguard your wealth?
A: 82% stated that gold and silver is not money – the Fed Resv Note is and that the safest place for money is the bank, 11% stated they cannot afford either gold or silver and that it’s “really NOT needed”, 1% had both silver and gold, 1% had only silver, 6% did not know a citizen could purchase gold or silver bullion.
Q8: Where to you get your news?
A: Television 93%, Internet 3%, None 4%
Q9: What are your and your families concerns over the next three months?
A: 94% holiday activities (Thanksgiving and Christmas and shopping) and the superbowl in 2014, 5% just making ends meet, 1% worry about “getting things squared away” while maintaining a positive attitude.
* Poll was taken Middle of October 2013
*** I have relocated, to a much safer place, away from this town as of December of 2013. I would not like to be “trapped” in this town when the collapse happens- it’s not going to be good for them