In response to the unprecedented destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, and the floods of 2015 and 2016, Texas will receive $4.297 billion in federal disaster mitigation funds to help vulnerable communities prepare for future disasters. Unlike other money allotted for post-disaster relief, mitigation dollars are to be used for actions taken to protect communities from the predictable damage caused by future events. The Texas General Land Office – Community Development and Revitalization division (GLO-CDR) will write a Mitigation Action Plan that outlines what types of activities will be funded, who will receive those funds, and how much funding will be made available to each locality for each activity. Stakeholder outreach is a critical part of the Action Plan development process, as understanding the challenges and needs faced by local communities helps to inform the types of programs and the means of distributing funds that GLO-CDR will develop as part of the Action Plan.  This survey is one method the GLO-CDR is using to generate feedback on those needs and challenges; the results of this feedback may be used to support the development of an allocation methodology. Completion of this survey does not guarantee allocation of funds nor is it required to receive funding.

Please complete the following survey to assist the GLO-CDR with the development of the Mitigation Action Plan. There are 19 questions that should take roughly ten minutes to complete.

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* 1. Which of the following best describes you?

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* 2. What type of entity do you represent

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* 4. Which locality (city/town) are you associated with? (only answer if you work for or are associated with a city/town, otherwise skip)

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* 5. What is the current status of your community's Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

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* 6. What is your biggest barrier to implementing hazard mitigation projects

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* 7. Please indicate which staff members your jurisdiction currently employs:

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* 8. What methods does your jurisdiction use to communicate the threat of potential incoming natural hazards? [Select all that apply]

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* 9. How does your community inform residents that their property is located in a FEMA-designated floodplain? [Select all that apply]

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* 10. Taking into consideration your community's past experiences with natural hazards, please rate, on a scale from 1 to 4, your community's interested in pursuing the following activities (1 - Most Important, 4 - Least Important)

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* 11. If additional, limited funding becomes available, please rate the following mitigation activities according to your community's current priorities:

  Most Important Somewhat Important Not Important
Develop or refine an evacuation plan
Enhance the function of natural flood-mitigation features (e.g. streams, wetlands, etc.)
Enhanced maintenance of vulnerable utilities
Fortify critical facilities (e.g. transportation networks, hospitals, fire stations, etc.)
Improve community awareness of hazard risk
Prevent development in hazardous areas such as floodplains through buyouts/acquisitions
Replace inadequate or vulnerable bridges and causeways
Strengthen emergency services (e.g. Police, Fire, EMS, etc.)

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* 12. Which, if any, planning, mitigation, or protection activities has your community or jurisdiction implemented recently (i.e. in the past five years)? [Select all that apply]

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* 13. Which, if any, planning, mitigation, or protection activities has your community or jurisdiction identified as needed but not yet implemented? [Select all that apply]

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* 14. Are you currently, or have you in the past, coordinated with regional partners (neighboring communities and regional organizations such as Councils of Governments) to develop and implement hazard mitigation activities?

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* 15. If your Local Hazard Mitigation Plan was completed prior to your community experiencing flooding in 2015–2017, are your prioritized mitigation activities still aligned with your community’s needs?

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* 16. Which of the following describes your funding sources for natural hazard/disaster mitigation activities? [Select all that apply]

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* 17. Are there any hazard issues specific to your community or region that you would like to emphasize, e.g. repetitive flooding at specific intersections or downstream flooding impact?

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* 18. If you are interested in remaining informed of the state’s development and implementation of the State Mitigation Action Plan, what is your preferred method of engagement?

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* 19. If you would like to be included in future communications related to the State Mitigation Action Plan, please include your contact information below.

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