To do so, IDHS needs to gather information about individual citizen's preparedness levels in a disaster event. September is National Preparedness Month, and Indiana is following suit by sending out messages to Hoosiers about how you and your family can ensure that your homes are prepared for an emergency or disaster.
A recent survey in California shows that the weakest link in California eathquake preparedness is citizen preparedness. In addition, the survey revealed that a majority of the emergency management directors in Rockingham and Strafford Counties also serve as the fire chief or police chief in their communities. The survey reveals that citizen input has a significant impact on local natural disaster preparedness policies (see Fig. 3: A pie chart indicating the rank at which "citizen input" was placed in regard to impact on local natural disaster preparedness policies, according to surveys completed by emergency managers. It gave me an opportunity to improve my mapping skills, gain experience with survey methodology and implementation, and to address the issue of disaster mitigation, which is extremely important to me personally. The goal of the survey was to gather information regarding the sources of information that shape natural hazard mitigation policy on the local level, and what barriers, if any, exist to implementing mitigation practices.
After drafting several sets of survey questions, I worked with my mentor to finalize a survey that included ten questions. 67% of emergency management directors reported citizen input to be the most important or equal to the most important source of input in forming disaster policies.
Understanding the modes of decision-making that lead to disaster preparedness policies can help explain the degree to which communities are prepared to deal with the impacts of natural hazards.
Just about a month ago Symantec released the global findings of its 2012 Disaster Preparedness Survey which, as expected, generated a good amount of attention in terms of its results. There were three findings in Symantec’s 2012 Disaster Preparedness Survey released on May 14, 2012, that grabbed the majority of the attention of the press already written about this survey. The vast majority of workers indicated that their facility has an emergency preparedness plan in place (defined as documented response protocol), most frequently rehearsed on an annual basis across all three areas measured. Household preparedness measures, such as having a 3-day supply of food, water, and medications and a written household evacuation plan, can improve a population's ability to cope with disasters and emergencies, decreasing the number of persons who might otherwise strain emergency and health-care services. Greater effort is needed to stress the importance of disaster and emergency preparedness, especially the need for a written evacuation plan.
Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of participants reporting household disaster or emergency preparedness, by preparedness measure and language (English or Spanish) used in the interview, in 14 states during 2006-2010. As this survey reveals, most are already part of a larger team (potentially a global one.) As such, they need to choose a data protection solution that enables them to first centrally manage the protection of applications (physical or virtual) and then recover these applications anywhere from anywhere.
CDC uses preparedness metrics to assess systems, with the findings disseminated to states and used to inform Healthy People 2020 objectives. Those who implemented server virtualization were the most satisfied with 71% of them saying it had a positive impact on their level of disaster preparedness.
Ready.gov is an Internet-based disaster preparedness initiative, and the Citizen Corps encourages government and community leaders to involve the general population in all-hazards emergency preparedness activities (5,6).


Outcomes associated with individual household preparedness activities, however, are not similarly assessed or shared (3,8). The primary method to access preparedness materials and information through these organizations is via predominantly English language websites, creating a possible barrier for non-English speaking adults, persons of low socioeconomic status, and those without Internet access. Non-English speaking and minority respondents, particularly Hispanics, were less likely to report household preparedness for an emergency or disaster, suggesting that more outreach activities should be directed toward these populations. In general, as the age of respondents increased, reported household preparedness increased. Third, the response rates were low; only approximately one of every two persons contacted agreed to participate in the survey. With the exceptions of having a 3-day supply of water and a written evacuation plan, persons with a high school diploma were more likely to indicate preparedness than those with less than a high school diploma.
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4: A pie chart indicating the rank at which "scientific data" was placed in regard to impact on local natural disaster preparedness policies, according to surveys completed by emergency managers.
After her hometown was struck by a tornado in 2011, Tegan was inspired to research local policy on nature disaster preparedness and was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to do so in 2013.
The smaller scale of local governments and the responsiveness of local governments to citizen input present potential challenges for local leaders in preparing for disasters. The next three questions addressed the sources of information used in this policymaking process, asking respondents to rank sources of information, including citizen input, scientific data from government and public organizations, and historical data, in order from most-used to least-used. Household disaster preparedness measures, as defined by the BRFSS questionnaire, included the following items: having 3-day supplies of food, prescription medications, and water, a written evacuation plan, a working battery-powered radio, and a working battery-powered flashlight. Household preparedness measures, such as having a 3-day supply of food, water, and medication and a written household evacuation plan, can improve a population's ability to cope with service disruption, decreasing the number of persons who might otherwise overwhelm emergency services and health-care systems (2). Factors predicting individual emergency preparedness: a multi-state analysis of the 2006 BRFSS data. It revealed that 74% of those who participated in the survey have decision making authority or are responsible for the management of the entire company or enterprise. Second, responses were dependent on the participant's understanding of preparedness measures taken in the household; for example, some respondents might not have known that the household had a 3-day supply of food, water, and medications.
To help improve household disaster preparedness in the general population and to inform national and state preparedness planning and policy, systematically measured, generalizable state-based household preparedness data are needed (9). Comparison of data collected by these two states showed no significant increases or decreases in preparedness measures over time.
An increased effort to make household preparedness materials and information more accessible, particularly by those with resource and language barriers, is needed.
My goal was to determine what shapes or impedes natural disaster preparedness at the local level. However, while cooperation between levels of government seems to be contributing to science-based mitigation policies in Rockingham and Strafford Counties, the survey results indicate that implementation of these policies at the town level is still limited by public outlook and funding.


When the following school year began, I started to focus on learning about the policy surrounding natural disaster preparedness and response.
I plan on continuing to research disaster mitigation and response as a graduate student next year because I believe that scholarship in this field can help remove barriers to preparedness.
She found this project to be enjoyable in that it allowed her to engage with an excellent group of public officials, citizens, and regional personnel. Similar to previous studies, the findings in this report generally indicate increased levels of disaster and emergency preparedness among men, English-speaking persons, and adults with more education (3,4).
DeBastiani MPH, Tara W Strine, PhD, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, CDC. Public health and emergency services agencies should increase the accessibility of household preparedness materials and information to the Hispanic population and persons with resource and language barriers. To estimate current levels of self-reported household preparedness by state and sociodemographic characteristics, CDC analyzed Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey data collected in 14 states during 2006–2010. The map can serve as a tool for citizens and local policymakers who may be unaware of the hazards to which their communities are most vulnerable.
Since the 2001 terrorist attacks, the federal government has increased its emphasis on emergency preparedness, including the response and recovery capabilities of emergency management agencies, hospitals, and public health systems (7). The General Preparedness module was included in BRFSS surveys conducted by 14 states during 2006–2010. For this part of my research, I designed and implemented a survey of local emergency management directors in Rockingham and Strafford Counties.
In addition, I wanted to build and publish an interactive natural hazards map to help citizens and policymakers in New Hampshire easily access scientific data about their local risk factors. Symantec’s findings in its survey of 2000+ organizations (2,053 to be exact) would seem to confirm that conclusion. Based on these issues, I designed the survey to measure the weight which scientific data, citizen input, historical data, and other information were given in the decision-making process.
Natural disasters like tsunamis, tornados, and maybe even hurricanes seem to grab most of the attention in the national headlines and often prompt people to implement disaster preparedness measures. The survey results indicated that issues of local capacity and stakeholder proximity are, in fact, impacting disaster mitigation practices in Rockingham and Strafford County. Fully 25% of those surveyed state that one or more their locations are impacted by earthquakes from time to time while 30% stated that one of their locations could be impacted by a flood.



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