1. Survey Introduction

Greater Harris County Region, Hazard Mitigation Questionnaire

A range of natural and human-caused disasters can affect any community. Harris County, its incorporated cities and special purpose districts, collectively known as the Greater Harris County Region", work diligently to mitigate threats and prepare for disasters. 

To maintain a high level of preparedness, we need your help to identify and plan for future disasters.  Data collected through this survey will help the Greater Harris County Regional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Steering Committee to:
          - Assess our residents’ level of awareness regarding disasters; 
          - Determine areas vulnerable to various types of disasters;
          - Coordinate activities to reduce the risk of injury or property damage in the future; and,
          - Update the multi-jurisdiction Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Local Hazard Mitigation Plans are required to be updated every five years by the federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 in order for the Regional Area to remain eligible for certain federal pre-disaster and post-disaster assistance. The Plan details the risks of both natural and human-caused hazards in the Greater Harris County Region and includes programs and projects that can help reduce the exposure of residents and businesses should an event occur. 
This survey consists of three sections of questions.  The first section is about your experience and knowledge of natural and human-caused hazards in general, and steps your household has taken to prepare for disasters.  The second section is about the potential hazards near you and whether your knowledge of potential hazards influenced where you chose to live.  The last section consists of demographic information that will be used in evaluating the responses to the questionnaire.  

Please note that the information collected through this survey will be used solely for mitigation planning activities.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in the 2019 Hazard Mitigation Questionnaire!