Rochester has one of the lowest rates of homes with an emergency preparedness kit, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2013, the agency looked at 25 metro areas and assessed the disaster readiness of residents.
Granted, disasters in Rochester are a once-in-a-lifetime event. (Hoping the 1991 ice storm remains the only one I will see here.) But the responses to the questions reveal an interesting glimpse into the way we live. The questions could also apply to readiness for individual emergencies, such as fires, flooding and power outages.
The Rochester metro has 414,400 households.
Is your house number visible?
Nearly 1 in 5 homes doesn’t have a house number visible on the outside.
Do you have a generator?
Twenty-four percent of single-unit households have a generator. That’s above the national average of 18 percent.
Do you have non-perishable emergency food?
Nearly 90 percent of homes have an emergency food supply.
Do you have an emergency water supply?
Fewer than half of residents – 45 percent – have an emergency water supply. This is well below the national average of 54 percent.
Do you have an emergency communication plan? (For households with more than one person)
Two-thirds of households do not have an emergency communication plan,
Do you have an emergency meeting location? (For households with more than one person)
Sixty-percent of households do not have an emergency meeting location.
Do you have an emergency evacuation kit?
Fewer than half of households – 48 percent – have an emergency evacuation kit. This is below the national average of 52 percent.
What will you do with your pets in an emergency?
In the Rochester area, 51 percent of homes have a pet, one of the highest rates of pet ownership among the metros studied. Seventy-three percent of homes said they do not need help sheltering a pet in an emergency.
Do you have evacuation funds?
Seventy percent of households reported having evacuation funds.
Do you have an evacuation vehicle?
Eighty-nine percent of households reported having an evacuation vehicle.
Where would you stay if you had to evacuate for two weeks?
Seventy percent of residents would stay with relatives or friends. Seventeen percent would stay in a hotel. Four percent – nearly 18,000 households, would utilize a public shelter. Two percent would stay in a recreational vehicle.
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