1. Natural Hazards and Community Vulnerabilities

The South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCRCOG) and its municipalities are working together to prepare an update to the Multi-jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan. The purpose of this plan is to identify and assess the Region’s natural hazard risks (such as flooding, winter storms, and hurricanes) and determine how to best minimize or manage those risks. Upon completion, this plan will be presented to the local governing bodies of participating jurisdictions for adoption and then submitted to the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for review and approval.

This survey provides an opportunity for you to share your opinions and participate in the mitigation planning process. The information you provide will help us better understand your hazard concerns and can lead to mitigation activities that should help lessen the impacts of future disasters. Participation in this survey is voluntary and none of the information you provide will be attributed to you directly.

If you have any questions regarding this survey or would like to learn about more ways you can participate in the development of our Hazard Mitigation Plan, please contact Eugene Livshits at (203) 466-8626 or by e-mail at elivshits@scrcog.org.

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* 1. How concerned are you about the possibility of your home or business being impacted by a disaster from the following hazards?

  Very Concerned Somewhat Concerned Not Concerned
Severe Winter Storm/Nor'easter
Hurricane/Tropical Storm
Coastal Flood
Riverine Flood
Coastal Erosion
Sea Level Rise
Extreme Temperatures
Severe Thunderstorm
Urban Flood
Dam Failure

* 2. Are there any specific areas of your community vulnerable to the natural hazards above? If so, please list them by location. Please use street intersections or landmarks to describe locations.

* 3. How important are the following statements to you as they relate to natural hazard impacts?

  Very Important Neutral Not Very Important
Protect private property
Protect critical facilities (i.e. transportation networks, hospitals, fire stations)
Prevent development in high hazard areas
Enhance the function of natural features (i.e. wetlands)
Protect historical and cultural landmarks
Protect and reduce damage to utilities
Strengthen emergency services
Promote cooperation between public agencies, citizens, non-profit groups and businesses.

* 4. Please check the box that best represents your opinion of the following strategies to reduce the risk and loss associated with natural disasters.

  Agree Neutral Disagree
I support a regulatory approach to reducing risk
I support a non-regulatory approach to reducing risk
I support policies to prohibit development in areas subject to natural hazards
I support the use of tax dollars (federal and/or local) to compensate land owners for not developing in areas subject to natural hazards
I support the use of local tax dollars to reduce risks and losses from natural disasters
I support protecting historical structures
I would be willing to make my home more disaster-resistant
I support steps to safeguard the local economy following a disaster event
I support improving disaster preparedness of local schools
I support the disclosure of natural hazard risks during real estate transactions

* 5. A number of activities can reduce the risk from natural hazards. In general, these activities fall into one of the following four categories. Please tell us how important you think each one is for your community to consider pursuing.

  Very Important Neutral Not Important
Local Plans and Regulations
These actions include government authorities, policies, or codes that influence the way land and buildings are developed and built.
Structure and Infrastructure Projects
These actions involve modifying existing structures and infrastructure to protect them from a hazard or remove them from a hazard area. This could apply to public or private structures as well as critical facilities and infrastructure. This also includes constructing man-made structures to reduce the impact of hazards.
Natural Systems Protection
These are actions that minimize damage and losses and also preserve or restore the functions of natural systems. Natural systems protection may include sediment and erosion control, stream corridor restoration, forest management, conservation easements or wetland restoration and preservation.
Education and Awareness Activities
These are actions to inform and educate citizens, elected officials, and property owners about hazards and potential ways to mitigate them.

* 6. How should your community prepare for climate change and its impact on natural hazards? Please check all that apply to you.

* 7. In your opinion, what are some steps that your local government could take to reduce or eliminate the risk of natural hazard damages in your community? Please choose all that apply.

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