The 2009 CITIZEN CORPS NATIONAL SURVEY, a report released by FEMA in August that evaluates the nation’s progress on personal preparedness, indicates that perceived emergency preparedness among citizens can differ from the actual measures they’ve taken.
The report highlighted an important finding from the Citizen Preparedness Surveys Database – which contains 102 surveys on individual preparedness, 29 surveys on business preparedness and 11 surveys on school preparedness. The report said, “In nearly all cases, these surveys substantiate that the proportion of those who have taken appropriate preparedness measures is much lower than those that indicate that they are prepared.”
Participants were asked to identify potential reasons for not preparing, and 30 percent said the primary reason was that they thought emergency responders would help them in the event of a disaster. Respondents also were asked, “What is the main reason you have not received any preparedness training?” Thirty – three percent said it’s difficult to get information on what to do.