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Stacey Butler reporting According to a recent poll, most Utahns are not ready for any kind of a disaster.
But tonight community members living in an area near the University of Utah, met to develop an emergency plan.
Gayla Stewart: "DO YOU HAVE A 72 HOUR KIT? NO I DON'T. I'M PLANNING ON BUYING ONE AS SOON AS I CAN."
Ben Hoekstra: "DON'T REALLY WANT TO THINK ABOUT IT SO I'M NOT GOING TO GO OUT AND BUY STUFF THAT I DON'T KNOW THAT I''M GONNA NEED."
In an exclusive USA Survey poll for KSL TV, Salt Lake City residents were asked:
Have you taken any special precautions to protect your family against terrorism?
29% responded YES. And a whopping 69% said NO.
But one neighborhood Community watch group IS preparing.
Fether Norman: "WE'RE QUITE PREPARED BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT EXPECTS OF US, WHAT THE NEIGHBORS MIGHT EXPECT OF US."
A show of hands shows that all are prepared to go days without food, water or power.
Officer JR Smith, Salt Lake City Police: "IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU GET A 72 HOUR PACK."
Salt Lake City residents living near the University of Utah listened as police outlined a plan.
JR Smith: "WE WANT TO TRAIN AND PREPARE FOR THINGS TO HAPPEN, SO THAT WE KNOW WHO TO CONTACT."
The same folks involved with neighborhood watch, took down police, fire and emergency numbers to call from cell phones in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster.
JR Smith: "DURING AN EMERGENCY, YOU MAY NOT HAVE PHONE SERVICE."
"Cathy Dunn:WE'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT DOING THIS SINCE 1999."
Information these residents say is their best defense against a terrorist attack or disaster.
Carol Goode: "I HAVE A YOUNG DAUGHTER AND AS A PARENT I JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW I CAN BEST TALK TO HER, SO THE MORE INFO I HAVE, THE MORE THAT PUTS HER AT EASE.-"
Disaster Preparedness Programs established by the Red Cross recommend responses to potential acts of terrorism, from bomb scares to biological, chemical nuclear and cyber attacks.