FEMA’s National Household Survey results and upcoming webinars

FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) conducts the annual National Household Survey (NHS) to track progress in personal disaster preparedness. ICPD uses the research findings to support the growth and improvement of national preparedness programs and initiatives. Further, the survey:

  • Measures the public’s degree of preparedness hazards they are likely to face;
  • Measures the public’s awareness, attitudes, and experiences that can motivate actions to prepare; and
  • Identifies successful mechanisms for enhancing preparedness as well as areas that need improvement.

This year the raw data from this survey is available publicly—in past years ICPD provided only a finished summary report of the high-level trends. View the 2018 survey results.

Estimates from the 2018 NHS suggest that an increasing percentage of the American public are actively preparing for disasters.

  • 57% percent have taken three or more basic actions to prepare. That’s eleven percentage points higher than last year’s estimate.
  • 94% percent have taken at least one action to prepare.
  • 67% percent of adults have set aside some money for an emergency, although most have set aside less than $500.
  • When focusing on areas at higher risk of certain disasters, residents in areas at risk for hurricanes are most likely to have taken preparedness actions.


Even more exciting, they’ve released the full data set for the 2017 NHS.

Finally, ICPD will host a two-part webinar series to present the findings from the 2018 National Household Survey on December 4th and 11th (registration information below). Part I will discuss the survey and provide a brief summary of findings including demographics and Part II will focus on hazard specific findings.

Please also note, in January we will release the 2018 NHS data and host another webinar series to present the 2019 NHS findings.

Title: 2018 NHS Findings Part I
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Time: 3:00-4:00p.m. EST / 12:00-1:00p.m. PST

Title: 2018 NHS Findings Part II
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Time: 3:00-4:00p.m. EST / 12:00-1:00p.m. PST