2018 Preparedness Survey Results
As part of the 2018 Hamilton County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan update, the Agency created a survey to collect information from Hamilton County residents on their level of preparedness and their perception of threats and hazards with the county. The surveys were distributed through a variety of methods beginning on August 31, 2017 including e-mail blasts, promotion through local media, and the Nextdoor app. Community organizations were critical in connecting county and city residents with the survey, and the Hamilton County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency utilized their broad-based distribution lists of community stakeholders and partners to disseminate the survey to residents. The surveys were promoted by local media stations
Online survey results were compiled together upon the close of the survey on October 31, 2017.
In total, 1,825 respondents participated in the survey. To ensure all data could be accurately correlated, only the 1,328 completed surveys were used in this report (please reference the first row in the table below). Approximately 15 respondents were disqualified for living and working outside the county and 482 submitted incomplete surveys.
The survey instrument utilized a combination of descriptive and exploratory questions to gain an understanding of general preparedness intentions and behavior, as well as personal and demographic factors influencing decision making (e.g., information sources, risk perception, age, and socioeconomic status).
The survey was a combination of multiple choice, Likert-scale rating (degree of agreement/disagreement style questions), and open-ended questions. It totaled 31 questions, and respondents took an average of 13 minutes to complete the questionnaire (both online and hardcopy).
The survey instrument contained questions that fall into a number of broad categories: general preparedness; emergency information sources; hazard risk perception; hazard mitigation priorities; disaster experience; evacuation; functional and access needs; and demographics.