Percentage of residents who say that they are prepared to help themselves, their families, and their neighbors to respond effectively to disasters and major emergencies

Status

According to the annual community survey, the majority of residents say they are prepared to help themselves, their families, and their neighbors to respond effectively to disasters and major emergencies.  This information provides the City with a high level view of preparedness but would require more detailed analysis to guide development of specific efforts and messaging.  The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has a team that works on educating the public and providing them resources on how to prepare for a variety of emergency and disaster situations. This education includes presentations to community groups, online resources, and activities to have individuals be ambassadors and help spread the message of community preparedness.

Trending

This measure experienced a slight increase since last year.  We will monitor whether there are any significant changes after the 2020 survey is completed.  
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Additional Measure Insights

Every year, the City of Austin administers a community survey to assess citywide satisfaction with the delivery of major city services and to determine community priorities as part of the City's ongoing planning process. 

The dashboard below is live and dynamic. Use the filters below to review this measure and other survey questions by demographics and geography.

Measure Details and Definition

1) Definition: This measure is how many people who were surveyed feel prepared to help themselves, their families, and their neighbors to respond effectively to disasters and major emergencies in the City of Austin. 
2) Calculation method: This measure was calculated by the following formula: The number of respondents who answered 4 or 5 divided by the total number of responses.
3) Data Collection Process: This is a question administered on the annual community survey managed by a third party vendor, ETC Institute, on behalf of the City of Austin
4) Measure Target Calculation: The target was calculated using the past two years worth of data, which suggested that the City usually scores on average 67% on this measure.
5) Frequency Measure is Reported: Measure Time Period: Annually (Calendar Year)

Date page was last updated: July 2020