The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires a community to have an approved hazard mitigation plan in order to be eligible to apply for and receive FEMA hazard mitigation funds. Receipt of FEMA funding is critical to implementing identified hazard mitigation projects and programs.

The Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) along with 18 water and wastewater utilities throughout Orange County have initiated an update to the 2012 Orange County Regional Water & Wastewater Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJHMP).  The MJHMP provides a framework for water and wastewater utilities in Orange County to reduce their vulnerability to the impacts of natural and man-made hazard events such as earthquakes, flooding, and hazardous materials spills.  The purpose of mitigation planning is to identify policies and to take actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce risk and future losses when an emergency or disaster occurs.  Mitigation plans form the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.

Your participation in the planning process is extremely important and vital to the success of the plan.  In order to identify and plan for future natural disasters, with an emphasis on identifying projects that will reduce future loss, we need your feedback!  This questionnaire is designed to help MWDOC and the participating agencies gauge the level of knowledge our community has about natural disaster issues and to obtain your input about areas of the County that may be vulnerable to various types of natural disasters.  The information you provide will help us identify and coordinate projects focused on reducing the risk of injury or damage to property from future hazard events (e.g. wildfires, floods, earthquakes).

The survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and is anonymous.  Your information will be kept confidential.  The final results of the survey will be included within the MJHMP.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this information-gathering process.

* 1. Do you… (check all that apply)

* 2. What is the zip code of your home? 

* 3. What is your age group?

* 4. Which of the following types of disasters have you experienced within your community?

* 5. How concerned are you about the following hazards occurring in or impacting your community? Please check ONE response for each hazard. 

  Not Concerned Somewhat Concerned Concerned Very Concerned Extremely Concerned
Climate Change
Coastal Erosion
Coastal Storm
Contamination
Dam/Reservoir Failure 
Drought
Earthquake Fault Rupture
Earthquake Ground Shaking
Flood
Geologic Hazards (subsidence, expansive soils)
Hazardous Materials Incidents/Spills
High Winds/Santa Anas
Landslide/Mudflow
Liquefaction
Power Outage
Tsunami
Urban Fire
Wildfire

* 6. What do you believe is the likelihood that these disasters will happen in or impact your community? Please check ONE response for each hazard.

  Very Likely Likely Somewhat Likely Not Likely At All
Climate Change
Coastal Erosion
Coastal Storm
Contamination
Dam/Reservoir Failure 
Drought
Earthquake Fault Rupture
Earthquake Ground Shaking
Flood
Geologic Hazards (subsidence, expansive soils)
Hazardous Materials Incidents/Spills
High Winds/Santa Anas
Landslide/Mudflow
Liquefaction
Power Outage
Tsunami
Urban Fire
Wildfire

* 7. Is there another hazard not listed above that you think is a wide scale threat to your community?

* 8. How prepared is your household to deal with a natural hazard event likely to occur in your community/Orange County (check ONE)?

* 9. Have you taken actions to make your home, business, or neighborhood more resistant to hazards (such as anchored furniture and service utilities, installed smoke detectors, regularly trim trees, etc.)?

* 10. Do you have any special access or functional needs (disabled, require medical care, oxygen, limited English proficiency) within your household that would require early warning or specialized response during disasters?

* 11. What are the MOST EFFECTIVE ways for you to receive information about how to make your home and neighborhood more resistant to hazards (check all that apply)?

* 12. What of the following incentives would encourage you to protect your home or business against natural hazards? (check all that apply)

* 13. How can your City, County, or other Agencies help you become more prepared for a disaster? Choose all that apply.

* 14. Is your home or business located in or near a natural hazard?

* 15. Please utilize the space below to provide any additional comments regarding local natural hazards, disasters, and preparedness.

* 16. Would you like to review and comment on the draft of the Orange County Regional Water and Wastewater Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan?

* 17. If you would like to be notified of future opportunities to participate in hazard mitigation and resiliency planning, please provide your name and contact information. 

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