Mitigation Questionnaire

A regional planning partnership of municipalities, agencies and stakeholders has recently been formed to address natural hazards that may occur in Monmouth County. A steering committee has been selected to oversee this process. In order to identify and plan for future natural disasters, we need assistance from the residents of Monmouth County. This questionnaire is designed to gauge the level of knowledge local citizens have about natural-disaster issues and areas vulnerable in your community to any type of natural disaster. The information you provide will help coordinate activities to reduce the risk of injury or property damage in the future.

This survey consists of 15 questions and will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

GENERAL HOUSEHOLD INFORMATION
The following requested demographic information will aid the steering committee in determining the hazard mitigation needs of our community. For example, indicating whether you own a house or are a tenant will help determine the needs for both renters and homeowners. The answers provided in this section will be treated as confidential and will be used solely for the preparation of this plan and will not be provided to any other group or interest.

1. How long have you lived in Monmouth County?
 

Less than 1 year

1 to 5 years

6 to 9 years

10 to 19 years

20 years or more

2. What is your zip code? 

NATURAL HAZARD INFORMATION

3. In the past 10 years, which of the following types of natural hazard events have you or someone in your household experienced within Monmouth County and how concerned are you about the following natural hazards impacting Monmouth County? (Please check all that apply)

Natural
Hazard

Have
Experienced

Not
Concerned

Somewhat
Concerned

Very
Concerned

Extremely Concerned

Drought

Y N

Erosion -- Stream bed / Coastal

Y N

Flooding - property

Y N

Flooding - basement

Y N

Flooding - 1st floor

Y N

Natural
Hazard

Have
Experienced

Not
Concerned

Somewhat
Concerned

Very
Concerned

Extremely Concerned

Flooding - Street

Y N

Hurricane / Tropical Storm

Y N

Severe Storms (wind, lightening, hail)

Y N

Severe Winter Storm

Y N

Tornado

Y N

Excessive Temperatures

Y N

Groundwater Contamination

Y N

Expansive Soils (due to ground swelling)

Y N

Ice Storm

Y N

Ice Jam

Y N

Landslide

Y N

Natural
Hazard

Have
Experienced

Not
Concerned

Somewhat
Concerned

Very
Concerned

Extremely Concerned

Groundwater Seepage

Y N

Sink Holes

Y N

Other

Y N



4. Please rank how prepared you feel you and your household are for the probable impacts of natural hazard events likely to occur within Monmouth County. Rank on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 representing the most prepared.

1

2

3

4

5

Not Prepared

           

Most Prepared

5. Why do you think you are prepared for the probable impacts from natural hazard events that may occur within Monmouth County? (Please check all that apply)
 

Emergency preparedness information from a government source (e.g., federal, state, or local emergency management)

Locally provided news or other media information

Schools and other academic institutions

Attended meetings that have dealt with disaster preparedness

Other

6. Information on the impacts on how to prepare for a natural disaster can be disseminated to the public in various ways.  Of the methods described below please identify the top three way which would be MOST EFFICTIVE in helping you make your home safer and better able to withstand the impact of natural hazard events.

Printed Media

Public Forums

Television

Radio

Newspaper – Courier News

Public Meetings

TV News

Radio News

Newspaper – Star Ledger

Workshops

TV Advertisements

Radio Advertisements

Newspaper – Other

Schools

   

Telephone Book

     

Informational Brochures

   
 

Other Methods

     

Outdoor Advertisements

Fire Department/EMS Agency

Church

Public Library

Internet

Academic Institutions

Books

 

Chamber of Commerce

Public Awareness timeframe (i.e. Flood Awareness Week, Winter Storm Preparedness Month)

Other (please specify) 

7. To the best of your knowledge, is your property located in a designated floodplain?     Yes   No  
Not Sure

8. Do you have flood insurance?  Yes   No

9. Do you or did you have problems getting homeowners insurance?  Yes   No

NATURAL HAZARD MITIGATION
The term mitigation means to make something become less harsh or severe, to alleviate. Mitigation activities are those types of actions you can take to protect your home and property from natural hazard events such as floods, severe storms and excessive temperatures. Monmouth County is preparing an All-Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan to formulate and document mitigation strategies that will aid our community in protecting life and property from the impacts of future natural disasters.

10. If your property were located in a designated “high hazard” area, or had received repeated damages from a natural hazard event, would you consider a ”buyout”, elevation of the structure, or relocation offered by a public agency?

Yes   No 

11. Did you consider the possible occurrence of a natural hazard when you bought/moved into your current home?
Yes   No 
12. Would you be willing to spend more money on a home that had features that made it more disaster resistant?
Yes   No 

13. How much more money are you willing to spend to better protect your family and home from a natural disaster?(check one only)

$5000 and above
$1000 to $4999
$0 t0 $999
Nothing
Don't know

14.Which of the following incentives would motivate you to take additional steps to better protect your family and home from a natural disaster? (check all that apply)

Low interest rate loan
Lower new home construction costs
Mortgage discount
Tax break or incentive
None
15.Are you in favor of spending tax dollars on mitigation projects for the benefit of the entire community?
16. What types of mitigation projects would you like to see?
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