Worst-Case Scenarios

This month, we asked about a most uplifting topic—natural disasters.



Which natural disaster(s) have you experienced first-hand?

Hurricane (69%)   Flood (36%)   Tornado (19%)   Earthquake (14%)
Wildfire (24%)   Tsunami (7%)   George W’s presidency (60%)

The disaster I fear most is...
Global warming ...................................19%
A tsunami ............................................ 14%
A meltdown at Indian Point ..................10%
An earthquake .....................................10%
A hurricane ..........................................10%
A tornado ............................................ 7%
A flood ................................................. 7%
Other ................................................... 23%

Because of the many natural disasters recently, I have…
Disasters? My life is a disaster ............ 36%
Stopped watching television news ....... 29%
Given more money to charities .............17%
Taken a closer look at my life ................18%

What made me cry:
“My basement flooded years ago and washed up all of my late grandmother’s belongings. Most of it couldn’t be salvaged, and I will never forgive myself.”
    —Jen Sanderson, New Rochelle
“Sometime last year, I saw a story on TV about a little boy who went into a stranded car during a big flood to save his younger brother. Right when he handed off his little brother, the car was washed away and the little boy died.”
    —Anthony Esposito, Harrison
“I saw one woman on the news during a flood have to drop her dog into the water to grab the rope to save herself. It gave me nightmares for weeks.”
     —Cristina Johnson, Mamaroneck

The increased frequency and magnitude of natural disasters is...
The result of global warming ........... 56%
An act of God ...................................15%
Merely cyclical—nothing to
    worry about ..................................19%
What increase? ................................10%

In the event of a local disaster, my instinct would be to...
Evacuate Westchester ASAP ......... 52%
Hunker down at home .................... 24%
Tune in to TV/radio and follow
    whatever official instructions
    come from the government ..........7%
Grab a teddy bear and curl up in the
    fetal position with a bowl of ice
    cream until it’s over .....................17%

In an emergency, my trusted source for local news and information is...
Lohud.com ..................................... 33%
News 12 ......................................... 26%
Twitter ............................................. 21%
Other .............................................. 20%

How prepared is your family for a disaster?
Not at all—we like to live
    dangerously ............................... 64%
We have “go bags” packed ............ 24%
We’re ready for anything—even
    the Apocalypse ...........................12%