Differences in Individual-Level Terrorism Preparedness in Los Angeles County

Published in: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, v. 30, no. 1, Jan. 2006, p. 1-6

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2006

by David Eisenman, Cheryl Wold, Jonathan E. Fielding, Anna Long, Claude Messan Setodji, Scot Hickey, Lillian Gelberg

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BACKGROUND: Increasing individual preparedness for disasters, including large-scale terrorist attacks, is a significant concern of public health planners. As with natural disasters, individuals can help protect their health and safety by preparing for the emergency situation that may follow a terrorist event. Our study describes variations in preparedness among the population of Los Angeles County after the September 11, 2001 and subsequent anthrax attacks. METHODS: In 2004, the data were analyzed from the Los Angeles County Health Survey, a random-digit-dialed telephone survey of the non-institutionalized population in Los Angeles County fielded October 2002 through February 2003. RESULTS: Overall, 28.0% of respondents had emergency supplies, and 17.1% developed an emergency plan in the past year in response to the possibility of terrorism. Factors associated with having emergency supplies included African American (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] 1.8, 95% confidence interval [CI]=1.1-3.1) and Latino (AOR=1.5, 95% CI=1.0-2.4) race/ethnicity; having a household dependent aged

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