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The 2020 National Household Survey Results are In

September 2020

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the results from the 2020 National Household Survey (NHS) in September 2020 and will host two webinars to review the results. Every year, FEMA surveys the public to assess the Nation’s progress in building a culture of preparedness. FEMA also reviews the perceptions and experiences that influence people to take steps to become more prepared.

Interesting findings from the 2020 NHS are listed below:

  • Over 68% have set aside money for an emergency
  • Only 48% have an emergency plan
  • Nearly 65% report seeking preparedness information
  • About 40% do not consider themselves prepared but intend to prepare
  • About 47% believe that preparing for a disaster can help AND they express confidence in their ability to prepare

Overall, results from the 2020 NHS suggest 68% took three or more of the surveyed preparedness actions —a 6 percentage point increase from 2019. Further analysis suggests the following:

To find out more, please join us in a two-part webinar series for an in-depth review of the survey results.

2020 NHS Summary Part I – National Results

  • Thursday, September 10, 2020, from 3:00-4:00 pm ET. To register, click here.

2020 NHS Summary Part II – Hazard-Specific Results

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 3:00-4:00 pm ET. To register, click here.

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