Americans remain complacent as devastating disasters strike

New study finds many Americans largely unaware of local emergency communications


“We were shocked to see that the public could be so complacent when it comes to awareness and response to emergency communication,” said Wilson. “The fact that people could receive a warning that wouldn’t motivate them to action is extremely concerning, particularly with 99 FEMA major disaster declarations issued last year alone.”

Survey findings show that the public continues to rely on community officials to ensure public safety. In fact, results found that more than half of respondents (58 percent) trust local and regional government to ensure sufficient public safety standards, communication and planning in their area. Yet, only 29 percent feel that their community officials currently are investing in, or giving government attention to, their public safety. In terms of potential contributing factors, more than one-third feel that the economy has had a negative impact on the level of investment in their community.

“Preparedness starts with awareness,” said Wilson. “As emergency managers strive to support their community with effective programming and planning, it’s imperative that the public stay informed of what communications systems local officials and emergency managers currently have in place—and more importantly, that communities are prepared to respond efficiently and effectively.”

For more information on the 2012 Federal Signal Public Safety Survey, visit http://www.alertnotification.com/.