A decade after 9/11, are we better prepared for a major emergency?

2011 Aug 30 Posted by Steven

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Capella has co-sponsored a major survey research project of first responders, emergency managers, public health officials and others on the front lines of emergency preparedness and response to ask the basic question: How prepared are we for another major terrorist attack or national disaster?

We partnered with several other leading public service organizations on the survey, including the International Association of Emergency Managers, the American Public Health Association, the American Society for Public Administration, the Comprehensive Emergency Management Research Foundation and the FBI National Academy Associates. More than 1,000 public service / public safety professionals completed the survey, and we think you’ll find the results quite interesting.

Additionally, 88% believe that funds are allocated according to what’s best for politicians, not what’s best for emergency preparedness and 58% of respondents have seen their budgets decrease over the last two years. Additional key findings reveal their views on what specifically has and has not improved on issues like collaboration, training and funding, as well as what challenges they are facing that affect their ability to prepare for and respond to a major emergency.

Capella to share survey results at Emergency Management Summit in New York on 9/13

The Emergency Management Summit meets annually to assess risks and articulate practical approaches to strategies for planning, response and recovery.  Capella will be hosting a panel discussion around the national preparedness survey results at the Summit in New York City on September 13th. Panelists include Eddie Hicks, USA President of IAEM, Erik Bergrud, ASPA President, Linda Landesman from APHA, Dan Martin from the CEMR Network and Joseph Pascarella, an NYPD Captain.

**The survey can also be found on the main page of our visitor’s center and each public safety specialization page as well as the PSL site.  We will have video footage from the EM Summit that will be added on the PSL site to go with the report.**

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Dr. Steven Barthelmeus
Program Chair,
Public Safety – Criminal Justice/Forensics program, Capella University
Picture of Shelly Gill, a contributor to Capella's public safety blog.
Dr. Shelly Gill
Adjunct Instructor, Capella University
Picture of Dr. Joseph Pascarella, author of Capella's public safety news blog.
Dr. Joseph Pascarella
Core Faculty Member, Capella University
Picture of Dr. Jeffrey Rush, author of Capella's public safety news blog.
Dr. Jeffrey Rush
Asst. Professor of Criminal Justice/Homeland Security, Dept. of Public Management and Criminal Justice, Austin Peay State University
Picture of Dr. Michael Kemp, author of Capella's public safety news blog.
Dr. Michael Kemp
Chair, Emergency Management, Capella University
Melissa Beasley
Captain, Florence Alabama Police Department
Darryl Jones
Capella University Learner and Chief, Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire
Dr. Laura Pettler
Investigator for Prosecutorial District Twenty A of North Carolina
Mark Rubin
Capella University Learner
Mark S. Warnick
Capella University Learner, Retired Asst. Fire Chief

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