Tell Us About Your Flood Decisions
A Little About Yourself...
Responses are optional, but will help us identify trends.
1. Age
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2. Location (zip code)
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3. Do you rent or own your home?
4. How many people live in your household, including yourself?
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5. Have you ever experienced a flood that caused damage to your home or community (e.g., infrastructure damaged, loss of life, serious property damage)?
6. If you answered "yes" to the above question, please describe your experience.
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Tell Us About Your Current Level of Flood Risk, Preparedness, & Awareness
On an average day without flooding, do you think about these flood issues:
1. How often does your community experience floods?
2. Do you know what flood zone your home is in?
3. If you answered "no," where would you look for information?
4. Do you have flood insurance?
5. If you answered "no," what would make you to purchase it?
6. Which of the following are covered by your flood insurance? Check all that apply or skip if you don't have insurance.
7. What actions have you taken to mitigate flood damage to your home or property? Check all that apply.
8. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = very little/none, 5 = a lot), where would you get information to dins out if your property or community is at risk for flooding?
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FEMA/Federal government
Local government
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Real estate agent
Insurance agent
Home builder/developer
Family/friends/neighbors
Landlord
Homeowners association
9. Under normal conditions (i.e., when there is no threat of severe weather or flooding), how often do you receive information about flood risks?
10. If you got information on flood risks, where did you get it? Check all that apply or skip if you've never received anything.
11. Who do you trust the most to provide accurate flood prevention and insurance information?
12. Do you participate in community organizations (e.g., civic associations, homeowner associations, local volunteer groups) that currently (or could) address flood risks?
13. If you answered "yes" to the above question, please describe your involvement and what the group does with flood risk.
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If a Flood is Coming Your Way...
When a severe flood is forecast...
1. How do you find out when there is a threat of severe weather or flooding in your community? Check all that apply.
2. If a flood was forecast for your region, what information sources would you rely on the most? Use a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = the least/none, 5 = the most).
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Family/friends/neighbors
Local TV or radio
Social media
Online sources (e.g., weather sites)
Community emails or online networks (e.g., neighborhood listservs or discussion forums)
Alerts/warnings from local government (e.g. phone message, text message, email)
Alerts/warnings from National Weather Service (NWS)
Sirens placed within my community
3. At what point would you seek information from your preferred sources?
4. When a flood is likely, would any of these factors prevent you from evacuating? Use a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = not a very important factor, 5 = a very important factor).
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Not knowing where to go (e.g., hotel versus shelter or not knowing where shelters are located)
Not readily having transportation to evacuate
Prior experience with floods during which I did not evacuate
My health or the health of a family member
Having a pet or livestock
Having to travel unknown or long distances to safety
Not wanting to leave nearby loved ones who don’t plan to evacuate
Lack of mandatory evacuation orders
Fear that my home will be looted
If Your Community is Experiencing Flooding...
When flooding is taking place…
1. What information sources would you rely on most to monitor the flood situation in your community? Use a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = very little/none, 5 = a lot).
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Family/friends/neighbors
Local TV or radio
Social media
Online sources (e.g., weather sites)
Community emails or online networks (e.g., neighborhood listservs or discussion forums)
Alerts/warnings from local government (e.g., phone message, text message, email)
2. How dangerous do you think the following situations are? Use a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = not dangerous/low risk, 5 = very dangerous).
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Driving or walking across a low water crossing that has a few inches of moving water
Driving a 4-wheel drive across a low water crossing that has water reaching the bottom of the vehicle
Driving across a low water crossing that has water reaching the bottom of your vehicle
Walking across a low water crossing where moving water reaches your knees
3. At what point would you evacuate your home? Please choose the option that best applies.
4. How would you determine the status of community resources (for example, whether gas stations, grocery stores, and drug stores are open or closed)? Use a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = unlikely to do, 5 = very likely to do).
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Call resources directly
Check community emails or online networks (e.g., neighborhood listservs or discussion forums)
Contact community associations
Ask emergency responders that are in my area
Monitor social media
Watch local TV/listen to the radio
Look up business websites
Ask friends, family, or neighbors
When the Flooding in Your Community has Subsided...
After flooding occurs, what would you do…
1. If you evacuated your community, when would you return home to check conditions of your home and property? Please check the option that best applies.
2. If your property was damaged by a flood, who would you contact first to assess the damage?
3. If your property was damaged beyond repair, what would prevent you from rebuilding in the same location? Check all that apply.
4. If you had to move after a flood, how important would the issues be when you choose where to go? Use a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = not very important/not at all, 5 = very important).
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Employment/education opportunities
Being near family, friends, or other social supports
Cost of relocation
Location of specialized medical resources
Low likelihood of potential hazards/natural disasters
Additional Comments
Please include any additional comments here. If you've lived through a flood, you can use this space to share details on that experience.
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