Mitigation Survey

This survey is intended to research the impact of natural hazards and man-made threats in Pierce County, North Dakota.  The survey consists of primarily multiple-choice questions.  The first question is the only question requiring an answer to illustrate the extent of jurisdiction participation to satisfy FEMA plan requirements.  The responses are not geo-tagged or tracked for location.  Your answers will not reveal your identity or address of residence.  

* 1. In what city/township/unincorporated community do you reside?

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

* 3. What is your age?

* 4. What is your gender?

* 5. What type of housing do you occupy?

* 6. Do you own or rent your housing?

* 7. Since living in your community, has anyone in your household been impacted by any of the follows natural hazards or manmade threats?  Select all that apply.

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

* 9. How much monetary damage has your household experienced due to the natural hazards and/or manmade threats in the last 5 years listed in questions 7 and 8?

* 10. Is your home located in a floodplain?

* 11. Do you have flood insurance?

* 12. If you answered no to question 11, please explain why?

* 13. In your respective community, has a critical facility or infrastructure (school, lift station, etc.) been impacted by power outages and needs a backup generator for power? If yes, please identify the facility or infrastructure. (i.e. Pierce County Courthouse, Rugby, North Dakota)

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

* 15. Would you be interested in information on protecting your household against natural hazards and manmade threats?  Answering yes, interested to this question will not automatically sign you up to receive information.

* 16. 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.

* 17. If you answered yes to Questions 15 and 16, how would you like to receive that information?  Check all that apply.  Answering yes, interested to this question will not automatically sign you up to receive information.

* 18. Pierce County is researching methods for future implementation of a county emergency alert system.  The system would alert county residents of potential hazards and threats through a combination of mobile weather alerts, text, and reverse 911 calling.  Are you interested in seeing a county emergency alert system implemented?

* 19. If you answered yes, interested to Question 18 and a system was implemented, would you sign up to receive automated emergency telephone alerts when natural hazards or manmade threats occur or are predicted to occur?

* 20. 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.

* 21. If you answered yes to Question 20, does it include a 7-day supply of your personal/individual medicinal needs?

* 22. Do roadways, regardless of road type, become blocked from flooding, severe summer weather or severe winter weather in Pierce County?  (i.e. snow drifts, overland flooding, fallen tree branches, etc?)  If yes, please indicate the name of the roadway and its location, and a general description of the concern in the space provided below.  

* 23. Does your community have a designated storm shelter?

* 24. If you answered no to Question 23, is there a structure in your coummity capable of serving as a designated storm shelter?

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

* 26. 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 resources for funding of mitigation projects
Planning and Regulatory: jurisdictional plans, policies, codes, and ordinances in place to prevent/reduce the impacts of hazards

* 27. 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?