County conducting disaster preparedness survey
How confident are you that you will be able to communicate with family or friends in the event of a natural disaster even if phone lines are down and email may not be available?
Will your decision to prepare for a natural disaster be influenced more by a government official, non-profit organization, a severe weather or news information source, or residents of your community?
These are some of the questions included in a disaster preparedness survey being conducted by the Wood County Health District.
County agencies will use the responses to better plan for disasters as well as inform residents on steps they can take to reduce losses, said Tamra Fairchild, the district’s health educator.
Residents may access the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/WoodCountyDisasterPrepSurvey or at the health department website: www.co.wood.oh.us/healthdepartment.
The survey will close Dec. 14.
Fairchild said emergency planners are utilizing the survey as a forum for public input on disaster preparation and potential local area risks.
She estimates the 40-question survey will take respondents about 10 minutes to complete. Respondents may enter a drawing to win an emergency supply kit.
For information about the survey contact Pam Butler, Health Commissioner, at 419-352-8402 ext 3225 or 866-861-9338 or
Fairchild said the health department plans to have the results of the survey compiled and ready for public review by early 2013.
The second meeting of the Wood County Healthcare Coalition, which was formed this year in conjunction with the state’s health preparedness strategic plan, will be held Dec. 6.
The meeting will start at 7:30 a.m. at the county educational service center, 1867 N. Research Dr.
The coalition includes health care organizations and public and private sector responders. Members are focusing on maximizing response capabilities
Representatives of the Wood County Hospital and the county’s health district and emergency management agency oversee the coalition.