Mahnomen County Hazard Mitigation Plan
Thank you for taking the time to respond to this survey. First things first, it might be best to provide you with some background. Mahnomen County is currently updating its hazard mitigation plan, last updated in 2007. This plan identifies strategies the County, other agencies, the private sector, and the public can take to reduce the impacts of hazards.
Examples of hazards and their impacts include:
• strong winds that down trees, down power lines, and damage homes;
• tornados that do similar damage;
• large hail that damages structures and automobiles;
• ice storms that might cause traffic accidents, prevent people from going to work, and cause power outages;
• extreme heat and cold events that put some populations, like children and seniors at risk;
• spring and summer floods that have historically washed out roads, erode lake shore, might contaminate water wells, or damage structures;
• wildfires that destroy timber, crops, and outbuildings.
The impacts of these hazards are economic; they prevent people from getting to work, destroy property, and impact other sources of income like timber and agricultural activities. The impacts are also emotional; they cause stress and anxiety, people may lose valued possessions, or worry about the safety of their family and friends, not to mention the stress of financial impacts.
The goal of this survey is to get input from a broad segment of the public on hazards in Mahnomen County. The privacy and anonymity of respondents is very important to us. We ask some questions that might seem personal because we want to know how different people perceive things differently, but we will never ask your name. If you don’t feel comfortable answering any of the questions, please do not, but we would appreciate if you completed this form fully.
Thank you, in advance, for your input.
Mahnomen County Emergency Management