New National Survey Data on Household Preparedness

From Governing magazine: How Prepared Is Your Community for an Emergency? A new survey shows the extent to which Americans around the country have taken measures to prepare for natural disasters or other emergencies.

The Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released data this week showing the extent to which Americans in different parts of the country have taken measures to prepare for natural disasters or other emergencies. Disaster preparedness questions were a new addition to the 2013 American Housing Survey, intended to assist policymakers and emergency responders with planning.

Nationwide, just over half of households had prepared an emergency evacuation kit. Only a third had communication plans in place, while 37 percent had established emergency meeting locations.

Here is the direct link to the full report and data. Be advised you will have to drill down to get state and local information.

Update: for a dissenting opinion, from a former emergency manager, see this blog post by Eric Holdeman.

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