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FEMA Releases 2016 National Household Survey Findings on Individual and Community Preparedness

February 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) has released the results of its 2016 National Household Survey. The results show a rise in Americans who are actively preparing for disasters. Over ninety percent of respondents say they are taking at least one step to prepare.

Taking Action. A high percentage of people are taking at least one action to prepare. Over 90% of respondents reported taking at least one of these preparedness actions - 46% took three actions. Seeking Information, Talking with others about preparation, Attending a meeting or training, Developing a household plan, Stocking Supplies, Taking part in a drill. Icons for the 6 actions in the list above.

The survey looked for indicators that affect people’s feelings about preparing for disasters, and what makes them more likely to do it. Past experience with disasters, and having information about preparing for hazards, were both motivators.
The survey pool of 5,019 adults included 4,016 people from counties where specific hazards have happened or, for earthquakes, where they are expected to happen. This includes earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and winter storms. People in these areas were asked extra questions about preparing for those hazards.
For a summary of the 2016 results and more information, click here.
For questions or more information: FEMA-prepare@fema.dhs.gov.