American's Preparedness for Disaster or Emergency Improves; Nation's 'RQ' Score Up to 4.1

Gains Made in Awareness & Knowledge; Seniors Show Major Improvements WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's RQ (Readiness Quotient) -- a barometer of the public's preparedness for a weather emergency, natural disaster or...

After completing the 10-question online survey, users receive an instant RQ score. They are then provided with a variety of resources to help increase their RQ score and preparedness level, including an online education module, available at, which walks visitors through three actions anyone can take to get prepared and Be Red Cross Ready for disasters and other emergencies: 1) get a kit, 2) make a plan and 3) be informed.

The RQ survey-tool can also help government officials, community service organizations like the American Red Cross, and other groups to identify areas of vulnerability within their communities and address these needs with tailored outreach programs.

Survey Methodology

Telephone survey of 1,005 U.S. adults 18 years and older on September 13-16, 2007, conducted by ORC International. Margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent at the 95% confidence level.

About The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States . The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.

About The Council for Excellence in Government

The Council for Excellence in Government is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that works to promote improved government performance, citizen participation in government, and public-private partnerships. Since 2002 the Council has been a leader and catalyst in examining issues of homeland security and emergency management from the citizens' perspective by: conducting town hall meetings across the country that engaged people in a dialogue with local and national leaders about homeland security in a post-9/11 world, taken the pulse of the nation with provocative polling on a variety of preparedness issues, and regularly convening a forum for major metropolitan emergency managers.

SOURCE American Red Cross