NW Poll

Power outage preparation

Wednesday, December 12, 2018by  PEMCO Insurance


According to the 2018 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 83 percent of Washington and Oregon residents believe they’re at least somewhat prepared for a power outage, and on average, have about a dozen phone numbers memorized if their phones die.

How about you? How ready are you if we lose power, and how many phone numbers can you remember off the top of your head?

Thinking about the last time you experienced a major power outage at your home, how well prepared were you for the emergency?

TotalOR
1218604All
1413Extremely well prepared
3334Very well prepared
3637Somewhat prepared
109Not too prepared
22Not prepared at all
33Don’t know
22I’ve never experienced a power outage

Whether for an emergency or not, do you have any way to charge your smartphone if the electricity is out and you can’t use your regular wall charger?

TotalOR
1112558Have and use a smartphone
7173Yes
2725No
22Don’t know

Imagine there was an emergency and you needed to contact people to make sure everyone was okay and/or that they knew what was going on. If your phone was out of power so you couldn’t use it, how many important telephone numbers do you have written down or memorized so you could make contact using a different phone? Please provide your best estimate, even if it’s in the hundreds!

TotalOR
1134567All
66None
78One
1414Two
1514Three
910Four
1516Five
1413Six to ten
98Eleven to twenty-five
99Twenty-six or more
21Don’t know

Not including the flashlight on your phone (if you have one), how many usable flashlights do you have in your home?

TotalOR
1218604All
23None
1314One
2425Two
2222Three
1615Four
67Five
1412Six or more
32Don't know

How long ago did you, or someone in your household, test all of your household’s flashlights to make sure they were working well?

TotalOR
1189588Have at least one flashlight
4848Within the past 6 months
23236 months – 1 year ago
12131 year – 2 years ago
552+ years ago
1211Don’t know

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.​

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