A partnership of local governments and other stakeholders in Wharton County are working together to create a Wharton County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The original plan was prepared by the Texas Colorado River Floodplain Coalition (TCRFC) for Wharton County and the participating communities: City of East Bernard, El Campo, and Wharton. The updated plan will reevaluate the hazards identified in Wharton County. The plan is developed in response to Federal programs that enable the partnership to use pre- and post-disaster financial assistance to reduce the exposure of County residents to risks associated with hazards.

In order to identify and plan for future natural disasters, we need your assistance. The questionnaire is designed to help us gauge the level of knowledge local citizens already have about disaster issues and to identify areas vulnerable to various types of disasters. The information you provide will help us coordinate activities to reduce the risk of injury or property damage in the future.

The survey consists of 33 questions plus an opportunity for any additional comments at the end. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete and is anonymous.

The Wharton County Hazard Mitigation Steering Committee thanks you for taking the time to participate in the information gathering process.

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* 1. Where in Wharton County do you live?

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* 2. Do you work in Wharton County?

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* 3. Which of the following hazard events have you or anyone in your household experienced in the past 20 years within Wharton County? (Check all that apply)

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* 4. How prepared is your household to deal with a natural hazard event? 

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* 5. Which of the following have provided you with useful information to help you be prepared for a natural hazard event? (Check all that apply)

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* 6. Which of the following steps has your household taken to prepare for a natural hazard event? (Check all that apply)

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* 7. How concerned are you about the following natural hazards in Wharton County? (Check one response for each hazard)

  Not Concerned Somewhat Concerned Concerned Very Concerned Extremely Concerned
Dam Failure
Drought
Expansive Soils
Extreme Heat
Flood
Hail
Hazardous Material Release
Hurricane and Tropical Storm
Land Subsidence
Landslide/Channel Bank Failure
Lightning
Pandemic
Pipeline Failure
Terrorism
Thunderstorm
Tornado
Wildfire
Windstorm
Winter Storm
None

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* 8. Which of the following methods do you think are most effective for providing hazard and disaster information? (Check all that apply)

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* 9. Is your property located in or near a FEMA-designated floodplain?

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* 10. Do you have flood insurance?

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* 11. Is your property located in an area at risk for wildfires?

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* 12. Have you ever had problems getting homeowners or renters insurance due to risks from natural hazards?

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* 13. Do you have any special access or functional needs within your household that would require early warning or specialized response during disasters?

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* 14. If the answer to question # 13 was “Yes”, would you like County Emergency Management personnel to contact you regarding your access and functional needs? If yes, please enter your contact information in the following text box.

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* 15. When you moved into your home, did you consider the impact a natural disaster could have on your home?

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* 16. Was the presence of a natural hazard risk zone (e.g., dam failure zone, flood zone, landslide hazard area, high fire risk area) disclosed to you by a real estate agent, seller, or landlord before you purchased or moved into your home?

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* 17. Would the disclosure of this type of natural hazard risk information influence your decision to buy or rent a home?

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* 18. How much money would you be willing to spend to retrofit your home to reduce risks associated with natural disasters? (for example, by clearing brush and plant materials from around your home to create a "defensible space" for wildfire, performing seismic upgrades, or replacing a combustible roof with non-combustible roofing)

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* 19. Which of the following incentives would encourage you to spend money to retrofit your home to protect against natural disasters? (Check all that apply)

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* 20. If your property were located in a designated "high hazard" area or had received repetitive damages from a natural hazard event, would you consider a "buyout" offered by a public agency?

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* 21. Would you support the regulation (restriction) of land uses within known high hazard areas?

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* 22. What types of projects do you believe the County, State, or Federal government agencies should be doing in order to reduce damage and disruption from hazard events within Wharton County? Please rank each option as a high, medium, or low priority.

  High Medium Low
Retrofit infrastructures such as roads, bridges, drainage facilities, levees, water supply, waste water and power supply facilities.
Retrofit and strengthen essential facilities such as police, fire, schools and hospitals.
Perform projects that restore the natural environments capacity to absorb the impacts from natural hazards.
Capital projects such as dams, levees, flood walls, drainage improvements and bank stabilization projects.
Provide better public information about risk, and the exposure to hazards within the operational area.
Strengthen codes and regulations to include higher regulatory standards in hazard areas.
Assist vulnerable property owners with securing funding for mitigation.
Perform projects that mitigate the potential impacts from climate change.
Acquire vulnerable properties and maintain as open space.

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* 23. Please indicate how you feel about the following statement: It is the responsibility of government (local, state and federal) to provide education and programs that promote citizen actions that will reduce exposure to the risks associated with natural hazards. (Choose one)

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* 24. Please indicate how you feel about the following statement: It is my responsibility to educate myself and take actions that will reduce my exposure to the risks associated with natural hazards. (Choose one)

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* 25. Please indicate how you feel about the following statement: Information about the risks associated with natural hazards is readily available and easy to locate. (Choose one)

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* 26. Please indicate your age range:

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* 27. Please indicate the primary language spoken in your household:

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* 28. Please indicate your gender:

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* 29. Please indicate your highest level of education:

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* 30. How long have you lived in Wharton County?

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* 31. Do you own or rent your place of residence?

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* 32. How much is your gross household income?

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* 33. Do you have regular access to the Internet?

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* 34. Comments

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