Portland, Ore., recently completed a survey to assess the level of disaster preparedness for their community. See Preparedness Research.
Some highlights from the report:
I'm not a professional poll taker, though we used one to try to help frame our messaging around "Three Days, Three Ways" 12 years ago when that messaging was more appropriate to the times.
I continue to question the 52 percent of people who claim to be prepared for disasters. The reason this number seems unreasonably high is what I know to be the general lack of disaster preparedness among emergency managers themselves.
In general, I think people overestimate their readiness and underestimate the scope and duration of a regional disaster like an earthquake, which is the major natural disaster threat for the Pacific Northwest.
Moving the needle from "awareness" to "preparedness" is our challenge. A first step is to be sure that our internal staff are "walking the talk" in their personal lives.
And I scanned the report, especially the phone survey. I think questions like, "How many people are in your household and how much water do you currently have stored?" might be a good way to assess the level of preparedness.