Americans Most Likely to Turn to Television and Internet During Emergencies

Americans Most Likely to Turn to Television and Internet During Emergencies

Americans Most Likely to Turn to Television and Internet During Emergencies

A recent survey found that Americans are most concerned about emergencies that involve a natural disaster or terrorist attack.  The survey, conducted by Federal Signal and the Safe America Foundation was attempting to identify Americans’ largest concerns and their likely behavior in emergencies.

While natural disasters and terrorist attacks were the most likely emergencies to be on the minds of Americans, health pandemics were close behind as 46 percent of Americans said a pandemic was a primary concern. 

The survey was conducted as part of the Safe America Foundation’s 9/11 Drill Down for Safety program.  The results of the survey were revealed at the USA Today headquarters at a meeting of government officials and public safety leaders to review progress that has been made in emergency response and communication since the 9/11 terrorist attacks nearly a decade ago.

While knowing what worries Americans the most is helpful to emergency responders, the most important aspect of the survey may have been questions asking Americans their preferred method of warning communications.

The survey found that during emergencies, 39 percent of Americans would proactively seek information from television, while 32 percent would opt to gather news from the Internet.  In a finding that should surprise no one, young Americans (18-29) were most likely to seek information online.

The survey also found that Americans with families, who lived in rural areas, or who lived in the western United States, were the most likely to have an emergency kit with food, water, and medical supplies on hand.

Federal Signal and others who helped conduct the survey hope the information they gathered will give emergency response programs the information they need to deliver alerts and other emergency information to citizens in the most effective and efficient way possible.


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