Survey: Many in Indiana overly optimistic about disaster aid

INDIANAPOLIS - A new survey suggests many Indiana residents are far too optimistic about how fast emergency aid might reach them following a big natural disaster like a tornado outbreak.

Fifty-one percent of those who completed the state Department of Homeland Security's online survey believe emergency personnel would be able to arrive at their residences within six hours of a widespread disaster. But the state agency says that's unrealistic.

Department spokesman John Erickson says it could take up to three days for emergency responders to help all affected residents after a disaster because they would first help the "hardest hit, most vulnerable population" before aiding others.

More than half of those who took the survey don't have at least three days' worth of food and water on hand.

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