FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency defines Hazard Mitigation as the effort to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of natural disasters on an area. It is most effective when implemented under a comprehensive, long-term mitigation plan. The current Santee-Lynches Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan is a combined effort of 15 government entities and was adopted in May 2015. Since 2015, the Santee-Lynches Region has been experiencing tropical storms, heavy rainfall, and flooding at a frequent rate; because of these factors, it is important to update the regional hazard mitigation plan for 2020 to 2025 to limit the damage caused by potential natural disasters.  

As citizens of Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter Counties, your input is important. We would like information about your needs for disaster preparedness that will help improve public response and identify risk reduction activities. Please take a moment to complete the survey so that we can incorporate your knowledge of potentially hazardous areas in the region in our planning process in order to determine the factors most urgent for focus in the 2020 to 2025 Santee-Lynches Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

This survey takes around 5 minutes to complete and contains 9 questions.

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* 1. Please rank the following natural hazards based on your perceived threat level to your community. (3=Very Concerned; 1=Not Concerned)

  1 Not Concerned 2 Somewhat Concerned 3 Very Concerned
Drought
Flood (temporary inundation including dam failure, riverine flooding, coastal storm surge, local drainage & high groundwater levels)
Geologic Hazards (landslide, subsidence, earthquake, sinkhole)
Severe Weather - Summer (thunderstorms, high winds hail, lightning)
Severe Weather - Winter (ice storms, snow storms, blizzards)
Wildfire

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* 2. On a scale of 1-3, how prepared (survival kit, evacuation plan, awareness, etc.) are you for the following situations if they were to occur? (1 =Least Prepared, 3= Most Prepared)

  1 (Least Prepared) 2 (Somewhat Prepared) 3 (Most Prepared)
Drought
Earthquake
Flooding (including dam failure)
Hazardous Material Incidents
Hurricanes
Terrorist Incidents
Tornadoes
Tsunamis
Wildfires
Winter Weather

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* 3. Have you taken action to make your home or neighborhood more resistant to flooding or other natural hazards? (if Yes, please explain in comments)

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* 4. Will you seek public shelter for potential disasters? 

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* 5. Do you know where is your nearest public shelter? 

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* 6. Do you feel emergency service (fire, ambulance, police, hospital,) are adequately prepared to deal with a natural disaster in your municipality?

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* 7. Please rank and parenthesize 1-6 to the following hazard mitigation resources which you believe are most important for local government to address in your community in the near future. (1 being most important and 6 being least important.)

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* 8. Which area do you live in?

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* 9. Would you be interested in helping to protect your community from dangerous hazards? If yes, please provide your name and contact information below to receive more information on how you can become involved.

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