* 1. Do you live in Des Moines?

* 2. In what ZIP code is your home mailing address?

* 3. In the past 20 years, have you or anyone in your household experienced any of the following hazards in Des Moines? (Choose all that apply)

General Household Information
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* 4. Please indicate your age range:

* 5. Please indicate your gender:

* 6. Please indicate your highest level of education:

* 7. How long have you lived in Des Moines?

* 8. What is your gross, annual household income? (Income before taxes or other deductions)

Natural Hazard Preparedness

* 9. Following a disaster many services that we rely on, like grocery stores and banks, will be unavailable. How prepared is your household to deal with a natural hazard event?  Preparation can include many things, such as storing a supply of perishable food, water and other necessities or learning how to shutoff utilities in your home. (Choose one)

* 10. Which of the following steps has your household taken to prepare for a hazard event? (Choose all that apply)

* 11. Have any of the following sources provided you with useful information to help you prepare for a hazard event?
(Choose all that apply)

* 12. Which of the following do you think are the best ways to provide information about preparing for or responding to natural hazard events?

* 13. How concerned are you about the following hazards in Des Moines?
(Choose one response for each hazard)

  Not Concerned Somewhat Concerned Concerned Very Concerned Extremely Concerned
Climate Change
Civil Disturbance
Dam/Levee Failure
River/Stream Bank Erosion
Hazardous Materials
Household Fire
Severe Weather
Volcano (lahar/ashfall)
Wild Land Fire

* 14. To the best of your knowledge, is your home located within any of the following natural hazard areas (please choose all that apply):

* 15. Do you own or rent your home?

* 16. Do you have homeowners insurance or renters insurance for your property?

* 17.

Most homeowners and renters insurance policies do not provide coverage for damage from natural hazards such as: floods, earthquakes, landslides or wildland fires.

Have you purchased any specialty insurance policies that will provide coverage for losses from those hazards not usually covered by homeowners or renters insurance policies?
Please choose from the choices below.

Homeowner/Renter Hazard Mitigation

* 18. When you moved into your home, did you consider the impact a natural disaster could have on your home?

* 19. Did a real estate agent, seller or landlord tell you if your home was in or near a hazard risk zone before you moved into or purchased your home? (for example: dam failure zone, flood zone, tsunami evacuation zone, landslide hazard area, high fire risk area)

* 20. If you were told this type of hazard risk information, would it influence your decision to buy or rent a home?

* 21. If you own your home, how much money would you be willing to spend to retrofit (add safety improvements to) your home to reduce possible risks from natural disasters? (for example: elevating a home above the flood level, performing seismic upgrades, or replacing a combustible roof with noncombustible roofing)

* 22. Some jurisdictions are able to participate in programs to encourage homeowners to retrofit their homes to protect against natural hazards.

If you own your home and if your jurisdiction was qualified for such programs, which of the following programs to encourage home retrofits would you be most likely to participate in? (Choose all that apply)

* 23. What types of projects do you believe the County, State or Federal agencies should be doing in order to reduce damage and disruption from hazard events within Des Moines?
Please rank each option as a low, medium or high priority.

  Low Medium High
Retrofit (add safety improvements) and strengthen essential facilities such as police and fire stations, schools and hospitals.
Retrofit (add safety improvements to infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, drainage facilities, levees, water supply systems, waste water systems and power supply facilities.
Provide money for large projects, such as dams, levees, flood walls, drainage improvements and bank stabilization projects.
Strengthen laws and regulations to include higher regulatory standards in hazard areas, such as floodplains.
Purchase properties that are in danger to natural hazards and maintain them as open space or parks.
Assist vulnerable property owners with finding funding for reducing the risk from hazards.
Provide better public information about risk, and the exposure to hazards within the area.
Begin projects that restore the natural environment's ability to absorb the impacts from natural hazards, such as rain gardens.
Begin projects that lessen the potential impacts from climate change.
Begin buyout programs where homes or properties located in designated "high hazard" or areas that are repeatedly damaged are purchased from their owners.

* 24. Do you support laws that control what land can be used for when it is located in known
high hazard areas? (for example, limiting development in frequently flooded areas) Choose one.

* 25. Please indicate how you feel about the following statement:

It is the responsibility of government (local, state and federal) to provide education and programs that help citizens take action to reduce exposure to the risks from natural hazards.  Choose one.

* 26. Please indicate how you feel about the following statement:

It is my responsibility to educate myself and to take actions that will reduce my exposure to the risks associated with natural hazards.  Choose one.

* 27. Please indicate how you feel about the following statement:

Information about the risks associated with natural hazards is readily available and easy to locate.  Choose one.

* 28. In the hours immediately following a natural hazard event, such as an earthquake or flood, from whom would you expect to receive help?

* 29. Please provide additional comments below.

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