Capella takes the lead in conducting national survey of public safety professionals 10 years after 9/11

October 25, 2011

Capella recently led the development of a national survey of more than 1,000 public safety and public service professionals, conducted nearly 10 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, that shows that while 71% of respondents believe the U.S. is better prepared to deal with a terrorist attack today than we were in the days before 9/11, two-thirds of them also feel that all levels of government (federal, state and local) are still not giving enough attention to preparing for and responding to the next national disaster.

Additionally, 51% strongly agree and 37% somewhat agree 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.

The survey, completed by first responders, emergency managers, public health officials and others on the front lines of emergency preparedness and response, was conducted by national public safety associations including the American Public Health Association (APHA), the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the Comprehensive Emergency Management Research Foundation (CEMRF) and the FBI National Academy Associates (FBI NAA) in partnership with Capella.

“This survey provided Capella with an opportunity to partner with some of the leading national organizations in the public safety sector to measure perceptions of current strengths and weaknesses in our country’s preparedness,” said Suzanne Holmes, DPA, dean of Capella’s School of Public Service Leadership.

The full report, “10 Years Later: A National Survey of Public Service & Public Safety Professionals,” can be found at: http://www.capella.edu/inc/pdf/9-11_10YrsLaterSurveyReport.pdf.

The survey results generated a substantial amount of attention among media that focus on public safety issues. The following are links to some of those articles:

http://www.continuitycompliance.org/911-10-years-how-prepared-are-we/

http://www.publichealthnewswire.org/?p=1038

http://www.nsc.org/safetyhealth/Pages/SurveyshowsmixedresultsonUSpreparednessfor…

http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0911/090211grants.htm

http://aspanational.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/911-ten-years-later/

http://www.nationaljournal.com//911-anniversary/9-11-led-to-spending-binge-on-homeland-security-grants-20110902

http://www.9-1-1magazine.com/PPT-Natl-Preparedness-Survey

http://www.hstoday.us/blogs/guest-commentaries/blog/ten-years-later-according-to-the-experts-were-not-there-yet/5a773c20daccdf7b6feea2ca7e7e97ff.html

Capella faculty also shared the results of the survey to a full house at the National Emergency Management Summit on Sept. 13 in New York City. The following video highlights some of the discussions that took place: http://www.capella.edu/video/PSL_switcher.asp. The footage shows how integrated Capella’s faculty are with real world preparedness issues. Panelists seen in the video include Capella faculty members Joseph Pascarella, a retired NYPD captain, and Dan Martin, current president of CEMR Foundation. They both have real-world experience when it comes to emergency preparedness and bring that into the Capella courseroom.

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