Power outage prep

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?

Total OR
1218 604 All
14 13 Extremely well prepared
33 34 Very well prepared
36 37 Somewhat prepared
10 9 Not too prepared
2 2 Not prepared at all
3 3 Don’t know
2 2 I’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?

Total OR
1112 558 Have and use a smartphone
71 73 Yes
27 25 No
2 2 Don’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!

Total OR
1134 567 All
6 6 None
7 8 One
14 14 Two
15 14 Three
9 10 Four
15 16 Five
14 13 Six to ten
9 8 Eleven to twenty-five
9 9 Twenty-six or more
2 1 Don’t know

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

Total OR
1218 604 All
2 3 None
13 14 One
24 25 Two
22 22 Three
16 15 Four
6 7 Five
14 12 Six or more
3 2 Don'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?

Total OR
1189 588 Have at least one flashlight
48 48 Within the past 6 months
23 23 6 months – 1 year ago
12 13 1 year – 2 years ago
5 5 2+ years ago
12 11 Don’t know
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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.

About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, and umbrella insurance to Northwest residents. PEMCO Insurance is sold to consumers by the method they choose – phone, local community agents, or online. For more information, visit pemco.com.