Found this post over at blog.TotallyReady.com, and found that there is the age-old mixed news situation that seems to come up so often. Turns out, according to this informational post, that:
--The good news is: More people are preparing. In the post, a survey by Homeland Security is quoted, part of which reads:
"Although there is still a long way to go before all Americans are adequately prepared for emergencies, there have been indications of progress: From 2005 to 2008, the proportion of Americans who said they have taken any steps to prepare rose 13 points, from 45 percent to 58 percent. There were also several notable increases in key preparedness behaviors among American households nationwide:
Put together an emergency kit: 44 percent in 2004 to 53 percent in 2008.
Created a family emergency plan: 32 percent in 2004 to 40 percent in 2008."
---The bad news is: There is a rise in the number of things to prepare for. The author of the post has this to say about recent disaster statistics:
"From 1953 until 1995 disaster declaration in the United States remained fairly consistent. The greatest number occured in 1993, there were 58. Then in 1996 everything changed. In 1996 there were 159 declared disasters, 1997(47), 1998 (127), 1999 (110), 2000 (113), 2001 (100), 2002 (120), 2003 (123), 2004 (118), 2005 (155), 2006 (144), 2007 (136) and 2008 (143). As you can see disasters really have increased. These statistics do not even include the disasters caused by the economy or terrorism. "
I would highly recommend reading the post in its entirety. I'm just glad that the number of people preparing is on the rise--I always figure that we could all use all the good news that we can get. And hey, if there are more people prepared, hopefully there will be less devastating consequences even if there are more disasters coming along. In any case, the more we prepare, in terms of food storage and emergency supplies, the better off we'll be....