The increasing number and severity of natural disasters underscore the importance of effective local government policies and programs focused on disaster preparedness, as well as disaster recovery and resiliency. ICMA conducted this survey in order to better understand the current disaster preparedness capacity of local governments, including alignment with practices recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as gaps to address. The survey was distributed via email to U.S. municipal and county chief administrative officials (including ICMA members and nonmembers) in September and October 2019 and received 901 responses.

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