Safety, Security, and Emergency Management
The United States routinely experiences incidents and disasters that test the preparedness of public governments and individual citizens. Utilizing the Theory of Planned Behavior, the present study presents a confirmatory factor analysis of the perceived behavioral control construct in relation to individual preparedness. Utilizing data collected through a national survey of disaster experiences and preparedness, the present study examines whether the perceived ability of individuals to address federally-defined mission areas (protection, response, and recovery) can adequately model perceive behavioral control for individual preparedness. Results indicate a model with a strong fit that requires no modification. Therefore, the mission areas taken as a whole adequately relate to individual preparedness as theorized. Implications for future research are discussed based on the findings of the research.