Ten years after the 9/11 terror attacks, have we become a safer, more prepared nation? That was the question posed to 1,000 first responders, law enforcement, public health officials and others as part of a national survey out today that examines how equipped the nation is to respond to the next crisis.
The results, compiled in a report released by Capella University, found that while 71 percent of respondents believe the nation is better off today to handle a terrorist attack than it was 10 years ago, two-thirds of them believe the government should play a bigger role in preparation and response efforts.
Findings do suggest some hopeful news. According to the report, over half the respondents feel the nation has made significant inroads in improving its ability to quickly detect, diagnose and respond to public health emergencies. Additionally, 56 percent said they believed the U.S. is better prepared to deal with a natural disaster today than prior to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
“On this 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, it is important to examine the progress we have made in our ability to respond to a major terrorist attack or natural disaster, as well as identify what we have not yet adequately addressed,” said Charles Tiffin, Capella University provost, in a press release.
Go here for the full report.
APHA members participated in the survey along with representatives from the American Society for Public Administration the U.S. Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers, the Comprehensive Emergency Management Research Foundation and the FBI National Academy Associates.