Mitigation Survey

This survey is intended to research the impact of natural hazards and man-made threats in Barnes County, North Dakota.  Therefore, the survey should be completed by residents of Barnes County, or people who are employed in the county but live elsewhere.

The survey consists primarily of multiple-choice questions.  The first question is the only question requiring an answer to illustrate jurisdiction participation to FEMA.  The responses are not geo-tagged or tracked for location.  Your answers will not reveal your identity or location of residence.  

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* 1. In what city/census-designated place/unincorporated community/township do you reside?

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* 2. Since living in your community, has anyone in your household been impacted by any of the follows natural hazards or man-made threats?  Select all that apply.

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* 3. Select the top 3 hazards/threats of concern to you and/or your household.

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* 4. How much monetary damage has your household experienced due to the natural hazards and/or man-made threats in the last 5 years listed in questions 2 and 3?

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* 5. Of the listed hazards you selected in Questions 2 and 3, do you have documentation of an event or incident you experienced? (i.e. photos, written correspondence, insurance claims, receipt(s) of repair costs, etc.)

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* 6. If you answered yes to Question 5, would you be willing to share your documentation with Barnes County Emergency Management to enhance planning and grant application efforts?

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* 7. Is your home located in a floodplain?

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* 8. Do you have flood insurance?

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* 9. If you answered no to flood insurance, please explain why?

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* 10. In your respective community, has a critical facility or infrastructure (school, medical center, fire hall, ambulance hall, government facility, lift station, etc.) been impacted by power outages and would benefit from backup power? If yes, please identify the specific facility or infrastructure and its geographic location.

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* 11. If you answered yes to the previous question, do you have documentation of said power outages? (i.e. existing backup generator log, equipment failure documentation, costs for temporary relocation, etc.)

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* 12. Were you or someone you know impacted directly by COVID-19? (Loss of income/financial impact/unpaid leave, contracted the virus, had to care for a family member/friend, was in contact with someone that had the virus, etc.)

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* 13. If you answered yes to the previous question, did you or someone you know self-quarantine for 14 days?

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* 14. If you have children and they are enrolled in a public school system, are you allowing them to return to school in the fall or continuing at-home education?

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* 15. Have you received or scheduled your COVID-19 vaccination? If no, please explain why.

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* 16. Have you experienced impacts from geologic hazards (land slides or land subsidence) at your home or in your community resulting in property damage or outage of critical facilities or infrastructure?  

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* 17. Are you aware of the risk of a cyberattack to yourself and/or household?

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* 18. What methods do you have in place to protect yourself/household from a cyberattack?

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* 19. Do you backup your computer data (files, photos, music, software, etc.)

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* 20. Have you taken any actions to improve resiliency (ability to protect and readily recover) of your home/neighborhood or community to natural hazards and man-made threats? (i.e. improved drainage, generator, structural improvements)

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* 21. Would you be interested in information on protecting your household against natural hazards and man-made threats?  Answering 'yes, interested' to this question will not automatically sign you up to receive information.

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* 22. Would you like to receive information on how to shelter-in-place?  Answering 'yes, interested' to this question will not automatically sign you up to receive information.

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* 23. If you answered yes to Questions 21 and 22, how would you like to receive that information?  Check all that apply.

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* 24. Do you have any emergency kit?  An emergency kit is comprised of water, food, battery-powered radio, flashlight, first aid kit, whistle, dust mask, tools, maps, cell phone, toiletries, etc.

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* 25. If you answered yes to the previous question, does it include a 7-day supply of your personal/individual medicinal needs?

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* 26. From your experience, do roadways become regularly blocked from flooding, severe summer weather or severe winter weather in Barnes County?  (i.e. snow drifts, overland flooding, fallen tree branches, etc?)  If yes, please indicate the name of the roadway and general description of the concern in the space provided below.

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* 27. Does your community have a designated storm shelter?

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* 28. If you answered no to the previous question, is there a structure in your community capable of serving as a designated storm shelter?

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* 29. Does anyone in your household have special needs or impaired mobility?  (i.e. need continuous electric power for medical equipment and/or medicinal care, requires special evacuation assistance, etc.)

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* 30. Is English the primary language spoken in your household?  If not, please specify.

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* 31. In terms of fire safety, please indicate which of the following your household currently has to protect against fire hazards.

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* 32. Mitigation capabilities reduce risk to natural hazards and man-made threats.  Capabilities fall into one of the following four broad categories.  Please rank the importance for improvement or expansion of each category for your community.

  Very Important Important Moderately Important Slightly Important Unimportant
Administrative and Technical: jurisdictional staff and their skills to implement mitigation actions/projects
Education and Outreach: education and outreach programs to educate the public on hazards
Financial: access to or eligibility to allocate resources for funding of mitigation projects
Planning and Regulatory: jurisdictional plans, policies, codes, and ordinances in place to prevent/reduce the impacts of hazards

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* 33. In your opinion, what other steps can your local government take to reduce or eliminate losses to human life and property from natural hazards and manmade threats?

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* 34. How long have you resided in your current community?

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* 35. What is your age?

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* 36. What is your gender?

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* 37. What type of housing do you occupy?

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* 38. Do you own or rent your housing?

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