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Last September, I blogged about a recent emergency preparedness drill our stake had conducted. This past week was “round two” of the drill, conducted to assess what progress our community has made in acquiring more food storage and getting everybody a 72 hour kit.
Three wards did not participate in last year’s drill, but everybody did participate this year. The data can be seen in this graph:
Like last time, this data is sanitized of any identifiable information. I share it here in order to inform others as to what a typical Utah community looks like in terms of its preparedness and supplies. There has been some steady progress in the past few months in a few neighborhoods, while others have seemingly fallen behind—likely due to two factors: new move-ins who have arrived without any storage, and more or different people reporting in this drill than last time.
An average of about 60% of families were successfully contacted in this past drill, so while the numbers are fairly accurate, they can’t be interpreted as representative. I know that our ward’s numbers were affected by one family moving out who took their two years of food with them! Still, the data here is compelling in its measurement of the Saints’ obedience and commitment to prepare.
As I said last year, we’ve still got our work cut out for us. Our block captain system is coming together nicely, and more people are proactively trying to figure out the whats, hows, and whys of food storage (and general preparedness).
If “slow and steady” truly wins the race, then I suppose we’re doing okay…