Personal Preparedness in America: Findings from the Citizen Corps Survey of Four Urban Areas   [open pdf - 2MB]

"Disaster preparedness became a renewed priority for our nation as a direct response to the devastation of September 11, 2001. Following the tragedies of that day, government at all levels has imbedded stronger collaboration with non-governmental civic and private sector organizations and the general public in policies and practices. The Citizen Corps grassroots model of community preparedness has spread across the country, and Americans have been asked to become fully aware, trained, and practiced on how to respond to potential threats and hazards. To evaluate the nation's progress on personal preparedness, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) Community Preparedness Division and Citizen Corps conduct national and urban area household surveys to measure the public's knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors relative to preparing for a range of hazards. This report provides a summary of the findings from the 2007 Citizen Corps Urban Area Survey. The research objectives and survey questions for the 2007 Citizen Corps National and Urban Area Surveys were developed based on previous research, preparedness modeling, and policy and guidance from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The urban area study included a sample of 2,000 respondents drawn from four Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) areas: Indianapolis, IN; New York City, NY; Houston, TX; and San Francisco, CA. Findings from this study provide the ability to analyze differences in different geographic areas and should be reviewed in conjunction with Personal Preparedness in America: Findings from the 2007 Citizen Corps National Survey."

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