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SOURCE National Geographic Channel
AND THERE'S MORE:
If the Catastrophe Were a National Blackout,
More Would Pray Than Have Sex;
Republicans Seen as More Likely to Survive
Survey Timed to 2-Hour Movie Event AMERICAN BLACKOUT, Premiering Sunday, October 27, at 9 PM ET/PT
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While the federal government shutdown may be over for now, it turns out that in the event of a major catastrophe, most Americans won't be looking to the government for help anyway. According to a new survey released today by National Geographic Channel and Kelton Research, Americans feel that friends and family are more likely to be of help in the face of a cataclysm than the government or official agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The survey comes as NGC premieres its two-hour movie event, American Blackout (Sunday, October 27, at 9 p.m. ET/PT), which imagines the story of a national power failure in the United States caused by a cyberattack - told in real time, over 10 days, by those who kept filming on cameras and phones. The thriller is being released during national cybersecurity awareness month and ahead of a large-scale emergency practice drill, called the GridEx II, which simulates a knockout blow to the power grid.
Overall, the survey results show that nearly 9 in 10 (88%) Americans think it's likely that the world will experience a major catastrophe, with close to one-third (32%) of these folks believing it will occur less than a year from now. And even though they might have a bad rap on Capitol Hill, more Americans (53%) feel that the Republican Party would have more survivors over Democrats if the country experienced a major catastrophe.
"The survey results should inspire discussion on what a large-scale catastrophic shutdown of our country might really look like and how we could prepare for or even prevent it," said Brad Dancer, SVP Program Planning and Research for NGC. "Hacking into urban infrastructures isn't science fiction anymore; cyberthreats and the weaknesses of the grid are in the news every day and people are sensing the danger. My advice: pray in a blackout, but perhaps pray while prepared with food, water, flashlights and batteries."
When it comes to gauging Americans' mind-set related to broader, large-scale catastrophes that could cripple the country - specifically such emergencies as blackouts and cyberattacks - the results are about as encouraging as waiting for the next Congressional standoff!
Key findings include:
If the lights do go out, praying will be more top of mind than sex:
On General Catastrophes:
The survey of more than 1,100 American men and women ages 18 and over was conducted online from September 27 to October 2, 2013 with a 2.9 percent margin of error. About American Blackout
National Geographic Channel's two-hour, edge-of-your-seat movie event, American Blackout, imagines the story of a national power failure in the United States caused by a cyberattack - told in real time, over 10 days, by those who kept filming on cameras and phones. No cell phone service, no ATM withdrawals, no working street lights, no available gasoline ... no escape. The film premieres on Sunday, October 27, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Click here to see the movie trailer.
Click here to see a panel discussion on the topic with experts including Jane Holl Lute, Former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; and General Michael Hayden, Former NSA and CIA Director.
For more information on AMERICAN BLACKOUT, visit survivetheblackout.com
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