University students have been an understudied population when it comes to the topic of emergency/ disaster preparedness. While there have been a few studies carried out to examine students’ perceptions of preparedness, the level of preparedness must be determined to be able to close the gap when it comes to barriers preventing them from being prepared. One hundred and eighty-seven undergraduate participants at a Midwestern university completed both online and in-person surveys in March 2022. The survey included questions regarding emergency/ disaster preparedness, perception of being prepared, and barriers which can prevent preparedness. Results showed that a lack of time was one of the most common barriers for students in regard to preparedness. Further emergency/ disaster supplies possessed by participants were everyday household items. The data also suggests that students were not being taught about emergency/disaster preparedness by instructors. As results indicate there are many barriers to emergency preparedness among university students which is why continued research on the relationship between emergency/disaster preparedness, behavior, and personal responsibility is critical in the future.


Joseph Visker

Committee Member

Autumn Hamilton

Committee Member

Mark Windschitl

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science (MS)

Program of Study

Community Health Education


Health Science


Allied Health and Nursing


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