Only one out of four Americans passed a test of basic knowledge that would help them survive a terrorist attack, says a new survey by Luntz Research Companies for The America Prepared Campaign Inc.
USA Today reports that 25 percent of respondents got five of the nine questions right. The survey found that 81 percent didn’t know how to survive the deliberate release of a toxic gas or chemical. Most people picked the two most dangerous things: Find something to cover their nose or mouth or wait for an emergency crew. The correct answer: Get out of the area fast.
Only 14 percent said they had created a family communications plan or an emergency kit. Everyone should have a three-day supply of food and water, a first-aid kit, a battery-powered radio and enough batteries to get them through an emergency, says the campaign’s Steven Brill.
Angelo Acquista, author of “The Survival Guide: What to do in a Biological, Chemical, or Nuclear Emergency,” was not surprised by the results. Many Americans, even after 9/11, don’t believe another attack can happen here, or don’t want to deal with the anxiety the subject evokes, he says. Many basics are on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Web site, www.ready.gov.