Mitigation Survey

This survey is intended to research the impact of natural hazards and man-made threats in Morton County, North Dakota.  Therefore, the survey should be completed by residents of Morton County or individuals with strong ties such as employment, family or education.

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/township/unincorporated community do you reside?

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

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* 3. What is your age?

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* 4. What is your gender?

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* 5. What type of housing do you occupy?

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* 6. Do you own or rent your housing?

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* 7. 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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* 8. Of the above listed hazards, list the top 3 major concerns to you and/or your household.

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* 9. 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 7 and 8?

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* 10. Of the listed hazards you selected in Questions 7 and 8, do you have documentation of an event or incident you experienced? (i.e. photos, written correspondence, insurance claims, receipts of repair costs, etc.)

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* 11. If you answered yes to Question 10, would you be willing to share your documentation with the Morton County Office of Emergency Management to enhance planning and grant application efforts?

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* 12. Is your home located in a floodplain?

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* 13. Do you have flood insurance?

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

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* 15. In your respective community, has a critical facility or infrastructure (school, lift station, etc.) been impacted by power outages and would benefit from backup power? If yes, please identify the facility or infrastructure. (i.e. Morton County Courthouse, local ambulance or fire hall, etc.)

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

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* 18. 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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* 19. 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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* 20. If you answered yes to Questions 18 and 19, how would you like to receive that information?  Check all that apply.

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* 21. 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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* 22. 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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* 23. From your experience, do roadways become regularly blocked from flooding, severe summer weather or severe winter weather in Morton 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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* 24. Does your community have a designated storm shelter?

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* 25. 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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* 26. 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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* 27. Is English the primary language spoken in your household?  If not, please specify.

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

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* 29. Mitigation capabilities reduce risk to natural hazards and manmade threats.  Capabilities fall into one of the following four broad categories.  Please rank the need for improvement or expansion of each category for your community.

  High Medium Low
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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* 30. 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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