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Gender and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Among United States Adults

Does gender make a difference in whether adults are prepared for emergencies? Using data from the behavioral risk factors surveillance system, this study examined the self-reported behaviors of over 96,000 adults from 10 states. The study evaluated whether sample members were generally prepared for emergencies (the household had a supply of food and water, a radio, and a flashlight), had an evacuation plan, and possessed a 3-day supply of medication. The findings suggest that gender’s role should be considered in efforts to encourage emergency preparedness.

Project: Environment & Social Development


Ekenga, C. C., & Ziyu, L. (2019). Gender and public health emergency preparedness among United States adults. Journal of Community Health, 44(4), 656–660.