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August 9, 2011

08/10/11 The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the Survey Research Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis are gauging Indiana citizens’ readiness for emergencies and disasters with a brief online survey.

All who participate can enter a contest for a free preparedness kit or an all hazards radio.

The online survey is designed to emphasize the need for preparedness during September, which is the 8th annual National Preparedness Month. The theme for this year is, “A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.” Messages during the month seek to encourage all Hoosiers to take the necessary steps to ensure that their homes, workplaces and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.

“Being ready for a major disaster is very important and the basics of a kit can be put together without a lot of effort,” said IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott. “Having a preparedness kit can make the aftermath of an emergency or disaster easier for individuals and emergency responders. We hope that this survey will remind Hoosiers of the importance of being prepared and what they can do to improve their level of preparedness.”

“Asking Indiana residents how prepared they are for such a disaster is the key to understanding the needs of the population. This survey will help the State gain a greater understanding of how prepared Indiana residents are and how to help increase that preparedness,” said Director of Operations of the Survey Research Center at IUPUI Anne Mitchell.

The survey can be found on the IDHS website at under “Topics of the Day.”