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Survey Shows Klein Residents are Prepared for Disaster Bookmark

A recent door-to-door survey conducted by Harris County Public Health (HCPH) revealed most Klein ISD residents are well prepared for disaster. The survey, called Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER), evaluates emergency preparedness based on a state health department model. The Klein area was randomly selected by a computer using census blocks.

A recent door-to-door survey conducted by Harris County Public Health (HCPH) revealed most Klein ISD residents are well prepared for disaster. The survey, called Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER), evaluates emergency preparedness based on a state health department model.

The Klein area was randomly selected by a computer using census blocks. Residents were asked simple questions such as: How prepared do you feel your household is to handle a public health emergency? Do you have a five-day supply of food, medication, and bottled water? If asked to do so, would you evacuate?

Survey results revealed Klein residents feel the three top emergencies most likely to impact their households are hurricanes or tropical storms, floods, and tornadoes. Up to 86 percent of those surveyed feel at least somewhat prepared to handle an emergency. Of those, 80 percent had a five-day supply of non-perishable food while 69 percent reported having enough drinking water and medication. In addition, 89 percent reported having copies of important documents in a safe place. However, only 46 percent of the surveyed households had a designated meeting place for family members in case their home or neighborhood is inaccessible after an emergency. Nonetheless, 80 percent responded they would evacuate if asked to do so. “Knowing first hand our residents’ needs in the event of an emergency helps our public health department better prepare and plan for assistance required, while it also helps residents and families think about how they can become better prepared before an emergency or disaster strikes,” said Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director of HCPH.



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