Emergency Preparedness Survey

A survey to identify effective communication methods used by local authorities to promote emergency preparedness in the community

Dear survey respondent.

We are asking you to participate in data collection for an academic research project relating to communication methods used by local authorities to promote emergency preparedness in the community. This will help us identify the best and most effective way to promote emergency preparedness to the residents of the Arun District in the future.

The project aims
  ·Measure the effectiveness of the risk communication methods being employed by local authorities in order to improve community resilience (the ability of the community to minimise the effects of and recover from an emergency, disaster or crisis)

·Identify the most and least effective methods of risk communication employed by local authorities in their effort to improve community resilience

·Provide recommendations for the most effective risk communication methods that can be employed by local authorities to increase community resilience.
Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary. The survey includes around 30 questions (in addition to the questions on the consent form). Filling in the survey should take no more than 10 minutes.

Thank you for your cooperation

Michael Rowland, Emergency Planning Coordinator, Arun District Council
The information you provide is confidential, except that anonymised quotes may be used. If you request confidentiality, beyond anonymised quotes, information you provide will be treated only as a source of background information, alongside literature-based research and interviews with others.  Your name or any other personal identifying information will not appear in any publications resulting from this study; neither will there be anything to identify your place of work or home address.

The information gained from this interview will only be used for the above objectives, will not be used for any other purpose and will not be recorded in excess of what is required for the research.
Even though the study findings may be published in international conferences and journals, only relevant researchers will have access to the survey data itself. These researchers will be bound by the principles outlined above. There are no known or anticipated risks to you as a participant in this study. You may request that data relating to your participation is withdrawn at any point up to publication and in which case all of your data will be removed even if it has been anonymised.

If you have any questions regarding this study or would like additional information please contact Michael Rowland (michael.rowland@arun.gov.uk

By filling in this survey you indicate that you understand its purpose and consent to the use of the data as indicated above. Should you decide not to complete the survey, the data you have entered up to that point will be used, unless you indicate otherwise in the consent questions

Consent form
With full knowledge of all foregoing, I agree to participate in this study.
The purpose of this survey is to obtain people’s views about how well prepared they are for an emergency in their communities and how they have been encouraged to prepare.

Throughout this survey, when we use the term “emergency,” we are referring to events that could disrupt public services, threaten lives, or damage property.
    Yes   No  
  I agree with the use of my responses for research purposes as part of the project as outlined above    

  I have had the opportunity to ask any questions related to this study, and (if applicable) received satisfactory answers to my questions, and any additional details I wanted (email: michael.rowland@arun.gov.uk)    

  I am aware that the quotations from survey results  may be included in publications.  Quotations will be kept anonymous    

  I agree to the use of anonymised quotes from my response for research and publication purposes    

  I understand that relevant sections of the data collected during the study may be looked at by individuals from The University of Leicester and Arun District Council, where it is relevant to this research. I give permission for these individuals to have access to my responses    
Perceived Risk
Q1 On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "not likely at all" and 5 being "very likely" do you think an emergency (events that could disrupt public services, threaten lives, or damage property) will occur in the area where you live?
  Not at all likely 1   2   3   4   5 Very likely  
Participation in Preparedness Training, Exercises, and Community Engagement
Q2 Please indicate which of the following, if any, you have participated in at some time:
  Yes   No  
  Training or information on how to be better prepared for an emergency    

  Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training    

  First aid skills training    

  Training as part of a community emergency response team    

  Discussions about getting prepared with others in your community    

  A preparedness exercise (excluding fire drills) at your workplace    

  A preparedness exercise (excluding fire drills) at your school    

  A preparedness exercise (excluding fire drills) at your home    
Emergency Supplies
In this next set of questions, we’d like to ask you about some specific things you may or may not have done to prepare yourself and/or your household
Q3 Do you have supplies set aside in your home to be used only in the case of an emergency?
Q4 To your knowledge which of the following emergency supplies are set aside in your home [please tick all that apply]:
Q5 How often do you, or someone in your household, check these supplies?
Household Plan
Q6 Does your household have an emergency plan that includes instructions for household members about where to go and what to do in the event of an emergency?
Q7 Have you discussed this plan with other members in your household?
Community Plan
Q8 Using a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being “not at all familiar” and 5 being “very familiar” how familiar are you with alerts and warning systems in your community?
  Not at all familiar 1   2   3   4   5 Very familiar  
Q9 Using a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being “not at all familiar” and 5 being “very familiar” how familiar do you feel you are with what your local hazards may be?
  Not at all familiar 1   2   3   4   5 Very familiar  
Sources of Information
Q10 In the past year, have you read, seen, or heard any information about how to be better prepared for an emergency?
Q11 We are particularly interested in where you may have read, seen or heard information on preparing for an emergency. Please indicate which of the following has provided you with preparedness information:
Q12 Please indicate from which sources you found the information you received useful:
Q13 Of those sources that you found useful, please indicate what you remember about the information
Q14 Thinking about the information that you remember, please indicate what helped you to remember it:
Q15 Still thinking about those useful sources of information, after receiving this information, did you take any steps to prepare for an emergency?
Q16 Based on the information you received, what steps did you take to become better prepared?
Q17 Please indicate what motivated you to take these steps to become better prepared?
Q18 What barriers do you believe stop you from preparing for an emergency?
Knowledge of existing sources of information
Q19 Are you aware of the work of the Sussex Resilience Forum?
Q20 Are aware of the work of your local Flood Action Group?
Q21 Have you ever attempted to find out more about preparing for emergencies?
Q23 Were you successful?
About you and your household
Lastly I would like to ask you for some information about you and your household. Again, all information that you provide will be held confidentially.
Q26 What is your gender?
Q28 Which of the following best describes you job status?
Q29 What is your ethnic group?
Q30 Are you a British Citizen?
Q31 Which of the following income ranges represents your annual household income in 2014?
Q32 Do you have children under the age of 18 living with you?
Q33 Would you have difficulty preparing for an emergency owing to a physical, mental, or emotional condition? For example, types of conditions could include a mobility, hearing, vision, cognitive, or intellectual disability or physical, mental, or health condition.
Q34 I agree to being contacted again by the researchers if my responses give rise to interesting findings or cross references.
Q35 My preferred method of being contacted is:
That was the final question. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.
As you have answered 'no' to a question on the consent form we cannot proceed with the survey.  Thank you for your time.
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