Natural Hazard Information

First we would like to know about your experiences involving natural hazards and your exposure to preparedness information.

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* 1. What community are you representing?

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* 2. Are you responding as: 

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* 3. During the past 5 years in the county you currently reside in, have you or someone in your household directly experienced a natural disaster such as an earthquake, severe windstorm, tornado, flood, wildfire, or other type of natural disaster?

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* 4. How concerned are you about the following natural disasters affecting your county?

  Very Concerned Somewhat Concerned Neutral Not Very Concerned Not Concerned
Drought
Extreme Heat
Earthquake
Flood
Landslide
Thunderstorm, Lightning, Hail
Land Subsidence
Tornado
Severe Winter Storm
Ice Storm
Climate Change
Dam Failure
Tropical Storm

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* 5. Have you ever received information about how to make members of your household and your home safer from natural disasters?

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* 6. From whom did you last receive information about how to make members of your household and your home safer from natural disasters? (Please check only one)

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* 7. From whom would you most trust to provide you with information about how to make members of your household and your home safer from natural disasters? (Please check up to three)

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* 8. What is the most effective way for you to receive information about how to make your household and home safer from natural disasters? (Please check up to three)

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* 9. Prior to receiving this survey, were you aware of your county's Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP)?

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* 10. Prior to receiving this survey, were you aware that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires your county to update the HMP every five years in order for your county to be eligible for federal pre- and post- disaster hazard mitigation funds?

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* 11. Community assets are features, characteristics, or resources that either make a community unique or allow the community to function. In your opinion, which of the following categories are most susceptible to the impacts caused by natural hazards in your county?
               (Please rank the community assets in order of vulnerability, 1 being                    most vulnerable and 6 being least vulnerable.)

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* 12. Next we would like to know what specific types of community assets are most important to you. 
              (Check the corresponding box for each asset)

  Very Important Somewhat Important  Neutral Not Very Important Not Important
Elder-Care facilities
Schools (K-12)
Hospitals
Major Bridges
Fire/Police Stations
Museums/ Historic Buildings
Major employers
Small Businesses
College / University
City Hall / Courthouse
Parks

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* 13. A number of activities can reduce your community's risk from natural hazards. These activities can be both regulatory and non-regulatory. Please check the box that best represents your opinion of the following strategies to reduce the risk and loss associated with natural disasters.

  Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree Not Sure
I support a regulatory approach to reducing risk.
I support a non-regulatory approach to reducing risk.
I support a mix of both regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to reducing risk.
I support policies to prohibit development in areas subject to natural hazards.
I support the use of tax dollars (federal and/or local) to compensate land owners for not developing in areas subject to natural disasters.
I support the use of local tax dollars to reduce risk and losses from natural disasters.
I support protecting historical and cultural structures.
I would be willing to make my home more disaster-resistant. 
I support steps to safeguard the local economy following a disaster event.
I support improving the disaster preparedness of local schools. 
I support a local inventory of at-risk building and infrastructure.
I support the disclosure of natural hazard risks during real estate transactions.

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* 14. Natural hazards can have a significant impact on a community, but planning for these events can help lessen the impacts. The following statements will help determine citizen priorities regarding planning for natural hazards in your county. Please tell us how important each one is to you.  

  Very Important Somewhat Important Neutral Not Very Important Not Important
Protecting private property
Protecting critical facilities (e.g. transportation networks, hospitals, fire stations)
Preventing development in hazard areas
Enhancing the function of natural features (e.g. police, fire, ambulance)
Protecting historical and cultural landmarks
Protecting and reducing damage to utilities
Strengthening emergency services (e.g. - police, fire, ambulance)
Disclosing natural hazard risks during real estate transactions
Promoting cooperation among public agencies, citizens, non-profit organizations, and businesses

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