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Survey shows mixed results on U.S. preparedness for terrorist attacks

August 31, 2011

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Minneapolis – Although many public safety professionals believe the United States is better prepared for terrorist attacks today than 10 years ago, a majority say federal, state and local leaders are not giving the risk enough attention, according to results of a new survey.

With 9/11 approaching its 10-year anniversary, more than 1,000 public safety and public service professionals were polled on a variety of questions to gauge their perception of the United States’ preparedness for another terrorist attack. The survey was conducted by Capella University, in partnership with several national public safety associations.

According to the results (.pdf file), 71 percent believe the United States is better prepared for an attack than before 9/11. However, 67 percent believe the federal government is not giving the issue enough attention and 69 percent are worried another major attack will occur.

Other highlights from the survey:

  • 58 percent of respondents have seen their operating budgets decrease during the past two years.
  • 92 percent believe collaboration in the emergency preparedness community has improved.
  • 42 percent said their ability to respond quickly to a public health emergency has improved a little or not at all.

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