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The jurisdictions of Northern Virginia are preparing an update to the 2017 Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan. The regional plan will identify local policies and actions for reducing risk and future losses from hazards such as floods, severe storms, wildfires, winter weather, and more.

The plan will meet key federal planning regulations that require local governments to develop a hazard mitigation plan as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for hazard mitigation projects.

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 help lessen the impacts of future disasters. Participation in the survey is voluntary and none of the information you provide will be attributed to you.

If you have any questions regarding this survey, or if you would like to learn more about how you can participate in the update of our hazard mitigation plan, please contact your local emergency management agency.

This product was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, via Grant Agreement Number PDMC-PL-03-VA-2018-003 for $250,000.

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* 3. Using the list provided, identify all natural hazards that you or someone in your household have directly experienced in the past five (5) years.

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* 4. Using the list provided, identify all non-natural hazards that you or someone in your household have directly experienced in the past five (5) years.

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* 5. How concerned are you about the following natural hazards affecting your community? Using the list provided, indicate the level of your concern on a scale from very concerned to not concerned about the impacts each hazard presents to people, businesses, or properties in your community.

  Very concerned Moderately concerned Somewhat concerned Slightly concerned Not concerned
Climate change
Dam failure
Drought
Earthquake
Extreme heat or cold
Flood/Flash flood
High wind (severe storm, including thunderstorm, hail, and lightning)
Landslide
Sinkhole/Land subsidence
Tornado
Wildfire
Winter storm
Other – Please specify below

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* 6. How concerned are you about the following non-natural hazards affecting your community? Using the list provided, indicate the level of your concern on a scale from very concerned to not concerned about the impacts each hazard presents to people, businesses, or properties in your community.

  Very concerned Moderately concerned Somewhat concerned Slightly concerned Not concerned
Active violence
Civil unrest
Communication disruption
Cyber attack
Hazardous materials
Pandemic/Public health
Terrorism
Other – Please specify below

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* 7. What are the most effective ways for you to receive information about hazard mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery? Please select all that apply.

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* 8. Using the list provided, rank what you are most worried about being impacted by hazards in your community on a scale from 1 through 6, where 1 is most worried and 6 is least worried.

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* 9. Using the list provided, rank the community assets and resources in order of importance to you on a scale from 1 through 15, where 1 is most important and 15 is least important.

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* 10. Using the list provided, indicate the level of importance each of the following activities have in protecting your community from hazards on a scale from very important to not important.

  Very important Moderately important Somewhat important Slightly important Not important
Prevention – Administrative/Regulatory actions such as building codes that influence construction and development and planning activities such as emergency and resilience planning, strategic planning, and integrating hazard planning into jurisdiction policies and procedures.
Protection of natural resources – Actions that minimize damage and preserve or restore the function of natural systems.
Public education and awareness – Actions to inform residents about hazards and steps they can take to protect themselves and their property.
Structural projects – Actions designed to lessen the impact of hazards to existing facilities, buildings, and infrastructure, such as elevating homes and buildings.
Other – Please specify below

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* 11. Additional comments:

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