The FEMA Preparedness Reports: What Are Your Chances of Surviving An Economic Collapse?

by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show

Earlier today, The Common Sense Show issued an alert as to the possible use of multiple IED type of devices based upon the reports of a highly credible source(s). If such an even ever came to fruition, it could potentially paralyze this nation and bring the economy to a standstill. Subsequently, the grocery store shelves could be empty within two days and food riots would likely commence by sundown of the second day. Most preppers would be in danger. Local law enforcement would be overwhelmed. What would be your chances of survival? Well, recently, FEMA has conducted research studies on America’s level of preparedness and the news is not good.

The FEMA Preparedness Reports

In response to concerns about strengthening the nation’s ability to protect its population and way of life (i.e., security) and ability to adapt and recover from emergencies (i.e., resilience), the President of the United States issued Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness (PPD-8).

PPD-8 is a directive for the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate a comprehensive campaign to encourage Americans to practice national preparedness. Despite efforts by FEMA and other organizations to educate American citizens on becoming prepared, growth in specific preparedness behaviors has been limited. Government programs to this end are nearly nonexistent.

In 2012, FEMA surveyed American citizens regarding their individual level of preparedness. The news is not good. Here is a snapshot of the  relevant results:

-Only 52% of American citizens surveyed by FEMA reported having supplies for a disaster. And most of these supplies are only enough to survive a weekend. This represented a decline from a reported 57% who reported having such supplies in 2009. The economy is taking its toll on preparedness.

-FEMA wanted to know if knowledge plays a role in preparedness? The answer is an unqualified, yes! CDC analyzed  baseline data of knowledge and correlated it to actual preparedness.

  1. Compared with persons with basic preparedness knowledge, persons with advanced knowledge were more likely to have assembled an emergency kit (44% versus 17%), (1) .
  2. Persons identified as having strong beliefs in the effectiveness of disaster preparedness engaged in preparedness behaviors at levels 7%–30% higher than those with weaker preparedness beliefs (2).
  3. People with demonstrable knowledge about preparedness were more likely to have developed a written household disaster plan (9% versus 4%).
  4. Does educating the public make a difference in the level of preparedness exhibited by the public? The largest differences related to emergency kit items between those with advanced and basic knowledge were in possession of a multipurpose tool (83% versus 58%), an emergency blanket (67% versus 42%), and a first aid kit (84% versus 59%). Among surveyed Americans with strong preparedness beliefs, 26% possessed an emergency kit, compared with 14% of participants with weak preparedness beliefs (2).

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