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Participants Needed for Technology & Disasters Survey

November 30, 2023
Source: State University of New York (SUNY), University at Albany

While the number of older adults is projected to rapidly increase over the next few years, so is the frequency and intensity of natural hazards due to climate change. The research regarding how older adults make decisions during disasters is thin. Given the trends in population growth and the frequency of hazards, it is imperative that we investigate and identify the individual decision-making factors that lead to appropriate hazard adjustments for older adult populations.

This project aims to survey U.S. adults to assess their disaster preparedness levels, disaster experience, and willingness to use broadband wireless devices for disaster preparedness. The results will help us determine comparisons in disaster preparedness and use of technology for disaster preparedness among older adults (aged 65 and older) and younger adults (aged 18 – 64) for the purpose of tailoring preparedness training technologies for our older adult population.

Time for participants: Approximately 10 minutes.

Risks to participants: None known that are greater than those ordinarily encountered in everyday life.

Potential benefit for participants: The potential to win a $50 gift card.

IRB approved: SUNY Institute Review Board Study Number 23X081.

Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Link to survey:

Confidentiality: The records of this research study will be kept private. Any written results will discuss findings and will not include information that will identify you. Research records will be stored securely and only researchers and individuals responsible for research oversight (Institute Review Board) will have access to the records. The data from this research study will be housed on a password-protected computer. SUNY Institute Review Board Study Number 23X081.

Contacts: If you have any questions about the research or your rights as a participant [in] this research study, please feel free to contact the investigators: Dr. DeeDee Bennett at, Xiaojun Yuan at or SUNY Institute Review Board at

Participant Rights: Your participation in this project is appreciated and completely voluntary. You may choose not to participate or answer any questions at any time without penalty or problem. However, only individuals who complete at least 70% of the survey and indicate they would like to be included in the raffle will have an equal chance at winning one for the gift cards.