Montgomery County Residents, 
 
The county is updating its hazard mitigation plan. Please help us plan for responding to future disasters by completing this survey (approximately 15 minutes). 
 
Hazard Mitigation is any action taken to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. This update focuses on the following types of disasters:  (A) Flooding/Severe Precipitation Events, (B) Heat Events, (C) Disease Outbreaks, (D) Civil Disturbance, (E) Cyber Security, and (F) Invasive Species.  
 
This survey is designed to gather information from around Montgomery County to help us better coordinate activities and reduce the risk of injury or property damage.  All responses are anonymous. These questions are for information-gathering only and results will be shared among Montgomery County departments for planning purposes only. If data is presented to the public, it will only be aggregate data. For instance, it would appear in a format such as"75 percent of survey respondents listed flooding/storm damage as the core hazard in their region of the county."  
 
We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation. 
 
Please contact Ellis Foley at efoley@montcopa.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding this questionnaire.  

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* 1. I am a... (choose one)

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* 2. I am... (check all that apply)

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* 3. Are you familiar with the phrase "hazard mitigation?"

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* 4. Which of the following are you most affected or threatened by?

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* 5. Select the one hazard you are most concerned about in the next 1 to 5 years?

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* 6. Please rank (1-7) the following hazards based on how you believe our governments should prioritize them to allocate limited resources?

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* 7. Would you like to receive updates on Montgomery County's planning process to reduce impacts from hazards?

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* 8. If you would like updates, please provide your email address:

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* 9. In the last 10 years, were you evacuated from your home as a result of a disaster (e.g., flooding)?

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* 10. Please clarify the disaster and provide an address or nearby intersection.

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* 11. Did you go to a shelter?

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* 12. Please provide the name, address, or nearby intersection shelter.

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* 13. If you've experienced flooding at home, do you have flood insurance?

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* 14. Do you or did you have problems getting homeowners/renters insurance due to risks from natural hazards?

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* 15. Where in your community have you noticed repeated disruption or damage due to flooding/severe weather? Please enter an address/intersection and a description of the damage in the comment box.

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* 16. Do you have access to air-conditioning in your living environment?

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* 17. Has someone in your family experienced heat stress, exhaustion, stroke, or rash in your living environment?

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* 18. Did you go to a cooling shelter or space with air-conditioning?

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* 19. Please provide the name, address, or nearby intersection for the cooling shelter or business with air-conditioning.

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* 20. With limited resources, which method should our governments utilize to mitigate heat impacts?

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* 21. Is your workplace located outdoors?

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* 22. Is your workplace directly affected by the temperature of the outdoor environment?

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* 23. Have you experienced heat stress, exhaustion, stroke, or rash at your workplace?

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* 24. If yes, what is your occupation?

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* 25. In general, how satisfied are you with the provision of police services relating to civil disturbance in your community?

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* 26. In your opinion, how equipped are the local police to address local civil disturbance issues?

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* 27. With limited resources, which method should our governments utilize to mitigate negative outcomes from spontaneous mass gatherings?

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* 28. How concerned are you about your personal data security?

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* 29. Please specify which private cyber issues represent your primary concern:

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* 30. Has your business/employer expressed concern about network security?

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* 31. During the past 5 years have you or your business/employer had any privacy breach incidents or complaints?

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* 32. Please expand upon any cyber security concerns, and comment on how local governments may boost cyber security measures?

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* 33. In the past 5 years has your family experienced a decrease in income due to the impact of infectious disease (such as flu) or pandemic?

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* 34. In the past 5 years has your family experienced a reduction in working hours due to the impact of infectious disease (such as flu) or pandemic?

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* 35. In the past 5 years has your family experienced layoffs or had to resign from their job due to the impact of infectious disease (such as flu) or pandemic?

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* 36. In the past 5 years has your family experienced a loss of health insurance/benefits due to the impact of infectious disease (such as flu) or pandemic?

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* 37. Has your family experienced exposure to COVID-19 or a diagnosis of COVID-19? 

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* 38. During the Covid-19 outbreak did someone in your family die from COVID-19?

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* 39. Have members of your family or do members of your family plan to take the COVID-19 vaccines?

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* 40. Select the disease or conditions you are most concerned about in the next 1 to 5 years:

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* 42. If yes, please identify the species.

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* 43. How satisfied were you with your community's handling of the recent Spotted Lanternfly outbreak?

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* 44. With resources being limited, which method should our governments utilize to mitigate negative outcomes from invasive species?

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* 45. Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you or your community's experiences with hazards and how you hope these hazards are addressed in the future?

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