Safety Survey, Hat Island Community Association 2021

The Safety Committee is forming to serve the entire island by helping achieve the strategic planning goal of a “safe and pristine island.” This survey is intended to be used to help create the Safety Committee’s purpose or charter that will be considered by the Board of Trustees. From listening to Board members and other stakeholders, the topics for these questions were developed. Please take the 5 to 10 minutes to complete the survey. Thank you for helping with this.

Please send your comments, suggestions, or interest in this committee to John Gray, the Community Chair at johnlgray425@gmail.com.

For each question, please choose only one answer.

Topic:  These questions are about your personal safety which includes your personal property

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* 1. When you think about your overall personal safety on Hat Island, which sentence best captures your perception?

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* 2. Thinking about your personal safety at Hat Island when it comes landslides, earthquakes fire, or windstorms, which sentence best reflects your views?

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* 3. Thinking about your personal safety while on the Community’s roads, parking lot or beaches, which sentence best reflects your views?

Topic: The Purpose and Role of the Safety Committee
Stakeholders have initially identified the topics of:

• Emergency preparedness for island-wide emergencies,
• Identifying hazards to the community, and
• Response to violations of Community rules.

These topics are for the Safety Committee to research, provide information to the Community, make policy recommendations to the Board of Trustees and assist the Island Manager. The following questions are intended to learn your views about each of these topics. Please choose only one answer for each question.


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* 4. Emergency preparedness for island-wide emergencies could include planning and response to wind storms, landslides, fire, earthquakes, and loss of power or water for a long time. Which sentence best reflects your views?

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* 5. Which is the best method for you to receive information about Emergency Preparedness?

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* 6. Identifying hazards that could cause injury on Community property and responding to them means partnering with the island’s staff. The solution may include some signage and asking for funding to fix hazards on Community property. Which sentence best reflects your views?

Topic: The responses to these questions, about dealing with people who violate, or could violate the Community’s rules, will help the Safety Committee provide recommendations.

People who are violating the Community’s rules that disturbs the peace and order of the island has been brought up in strategic planning sessions. The main concern is the lack of enforcement which is a tricky issue. We love the laid-back feel of the island but we want to feel safe and have the rules followed. Please choose only one answer for the following questions.

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* 7. How important to you is the enforcement of the Community’s rules?

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* 8. How important to you is preventing violation of rules and safeguarding property on the island?

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* 9. There have been complaints about people who drive too fast, kick up dust, and kids operating vehicles. Which sentence best reflects your views?

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* 10. There have been complaints about non-owners accessing the island by beaching their boat. Which sentence best reflects your views?

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* 11. There have been complaints about people cutting trees and clearing on Community property. Which sentence best reflects your views?

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* 12. There have been complaints about loud music and disturbances which has frightened some owners. Which sentence best reflects your views?

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* 13. There have been complaints of unsafe burning. Which sentence best reflects your views?

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* 14. No one is suggesting a police force on the island. The Safety Committee is not intended to do enforcement. Enforcement of the Community’s rules is currently done by the Island Manager and is typically done in response to a complaint. This seems to work fine during the low season of fall, winter, spring but is a weakness during the high season. Which sentence are you most in agreement with?

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* 15. Please use this space to add any other information on any topic for the safety committee.

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