Half of U.S. is Clueless About Emergency Notifications, Survey Finds

By Mary Rose Roberts

For Fire Chief

Federal Signal this week released its third-annual Public Safety Survey at the BE Safe America congressional briefing at the U.S. Capitol. Conducted by Zogby International, the survey provides statistics regarding Americans’ knowledge of and response to emergency notifications, including what most motivates citizens to take action.

“There was an absence of information on a national scale about people’s public-safety awareness or their own preparation [for an emergency],” said John Von Thaden,Federal Signal’s vice president and general manager for alerting and emergency systems. “We felt this information could be a tool for our customers as well as the general public-safety community.”

The survey found 71% of Americans were unsure whether a personal alerting and notification system (ANS) existed in their area, whether via telephone call, text message or e-mail. At the same time, 58% surveyed expected local communities to provide such a service.

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