Introduction

A Freeport Village Planning Committee has  been formed to address natural disasters that may occur in Freeport and develop strategies to mitigate against losses. In order to identify and plan for future natural disasters, we need assistance from the citizens of the Village of Freeport.

This questionnaire is designed to help us gauge the level of knowledge local citizens already have about natural disaster issues. Our questionnaire also asks for information you may have about areas vulnerable to any type of natural disaster. The information you provide will help us coordinate activities to reduce the risk of injury or property damage in the future.

You will be asked if your home is located in a floodplain. If you do not know, or are not sure, you may check the following website: https:\\www.floodsmart.gov.

Google Earth users can install the FEMA NFIP flood delineations by going to: https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/wps/portal/NFHLWMSkmzdownload

You can also view paper copies of the NFIP Flood Insurance Rate Maps at Village Hall.

This survey consists of 21 questions and will take less than 15 minutes to complete.

The Village of Freeport Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee thanks you for taking the time to participate in this information gathering process.
The answers provided in this section will be treated as CONFIDENTIAL and will be used solely for the preparation of this plan.

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* 1. Please indicate your age range:

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* 2. How long have you lived in Freeport?

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* 3. Do you own or rent your place of residence?

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* 4. What is your home address? (optional, will be kept confidential - only used to identify localized hazard areas such as flooding)

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* 6. Please rank how prepared you feel you and your household are for natural disaster events likely to occur within your municipality. Rank on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 representing the most prepared.

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* 7. In what ways do you believe you are prepared for a natural disaster that may occur within Freeport? (Please check all that apply)

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* 8. How do you receive your information concerning a natural disaster? Of the information sources below, please identify the top three (3) that are MOST EFFECTIVE in providing you with information to make your home safer and better able to withstand the impact of natural disaster events.

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* 9. To the best of your knowledge is your property located in a designated floodplain? If you do not know, or are not sure, please check the following website: https:\\www.floodsmart.gov. Google Earth users can install the FEMA NFIP flood delineations by going to: https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/wps/portal/NFHLWMSkmzdownload.

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* 10. Do you have flood insurance?

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* 11. If you do NOT have flood insurance, what is the primary reason?

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* 12. Do you or did you have problems getting homeowners/renters insurance due to risks from natural hazards?

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* 13. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please identify the natural hazard risk that caused you to have problems obtaining homeowners/renters insurance.

The term mitigation in this respect means to prevent future property damage. Mitigation activities are those types of actions that can be taken to protect public and private property and infrastructure from natural hazard events such as floods, severe storms and wildfires. the Village of Freeport is in the process of updating its Village Hazard Mitigation Plan. This process is designed to aid our constituents in protecting life and property from the impacts of future natural disasters.

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* 14. What types of projects do you believe the Village , county, state or federal government agencies could be doing in order to reduce the damage and disruption of natural disasters in the Village of Freeport? Select your top three choices

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* 15. How much money would you be willing to spend on your current home to help protect it from the impacts of potential future natural disasters within our community? Examples are: elevating a flood-prone home; elevating utilities in flood-prone basements; strengthening your roof, siding, doors or windows to withstand high winds; removing threatening trees or branches.

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* 16. If you have already had to spend money to mitigate your property, how much have you spent and on what?

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* 17. Which, if any incentives would motivate you to spend money on protecting your home from the possible impacts of a natural disaster? (such as lower interest rates, grant funding, waivers, etc.)

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* 18. If your property were located in a designated high hazard area (e.g. NFIP flood zone), or had received repeated damages from a natural disaster event, would you consider a "buyout", "elevation" of the structure, or "relocation"?

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* 19. Please list any additional types of projects you believe Village, county, state or federal government agencies could be doing in order to reduce the damage and disruption of natural disasters in the Village of Freeport

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* 20. Do you have any other comments, questions, or concerns?

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