The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released its “2011 FEMA Central States Disaster and Earthquake Preparedness Survey Report“. The report, which is based on a survey completed by FEMA during the New Madrid Bicentennial, 2011 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, and NLE-2011, provides insight into the use of hazard-specific outreach, messaging, education and training; the linkage between awareness of outreach and preparedness behaviors; and the value of using multiple channels for outreach and other activities.
The results of the survey are informing new outreach and research. FEMA is incorporating these findings into the plan for the National Campaign to Build Resiliency called for under the Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness by providing more information on local risks and safety drills, and greater outreach through community organizations. Outreach from community-based organizations and informal discussions among the public are linked with earthquake preparedness behaviors. For more information, visit fema.gov/earthquake