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High Country Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Survey

High Country Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan - Public Survey

We need your help!

The Counties of Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes are currently engaged in a planning process to become less vulnerable to natural disasters, and your participation is important to us!

Alleghany County, Ashe County, Watuaga County, and Wilkes County, along with participating local jurisdictions and other participating partners, are now working to update the region’s multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The purpose of this Plan is to identify and assess our community’s natural hazard risks and determine how to best minimize or manage those risks.  Upon completion, the Plan will represent a comprehensive multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan for the four-county region.     

This survey questionnaire provides an opportunity for you to share your opinions and participate in the mitigation planning process.  The information you provide will help us better understand your hazard concerns and can lead to mitigation activities that should help lessen the impact of future hazard events.

If you have any questions regarding this survey or would like to learn about more ways you can participate in the development of the High Country Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, please contact Nathan Slaughter from Hawksley Consulting, planning consultant for the project.  You may reach Nathan Slaughter at 919-629-2533 or at   

1. Where do you live?  
2. Have you ever experienced or been impacted by a disaster?
4. How concerned are you about the possibility of our community being impacted by a disaster?
5. Please select the one hazard you think is the highest threat to your neighborhood:
6. Please select the one hazard you think is the second highest threat to your neighborhood:
8. Is your home located in a floodplain?  
9. Do you have flood insurance?  
10. If you do not have flood insurance, why not?  
12. Have you taken any steps to make your home or neighborhood more resistant to hazards?
14. Are you interested in making your home or neighborhood more resistant to hazards? 
15. Do you know what office to contact to find out more information about how to reduce your risks to hazards in your area?  
16. What is the most effective way for you to receive information about how to make your home and neighborhood more resistant to hazards?  
20. A number of community-wide activities can reduce our risk from hazards.  In general, these activities fall into one of the following six broad categories.  Please tell us how important you think each one is for your community to consider pursuing.


Administrative or regulatory actions that influence the way land is developed and buildings are built.  Examples include planning and zoning, building codes, open space preservation, and floodplain regulations.
21. Property Protection
Actions that involve the modification of existing buildings to protect them from a hazard or removal from the hazard area.  Examples include acquisition, relocation, elevation, structural retrofits, and storm shutters.
22. Natural Resource Protection
Actions that, in addition to minimizing hazard losses, also preserve or restore the functions of natural systems.  Examples include: floodplain protection, habitat preservation, slope stabilization, riparian buffers, and forest management.
23. Structural Projects
Actions intended to lessen the impact of a hazard by modifying the natural progression of the hazard.  Examples include dams, levees, detention/retention basins, channel modification, retaining walls and storm sewers.
24. Emergency Services
Actions that protect people and property during and immediately after a hazard event.  Examples include warning systems, evacuation planning, emergency response training, and protection of critical emergency facilities or systems.
25. Public Education and Awareness
Actions to inform citizens about hazards and the techniques they can use to protect themselves and their property.  Examples include outreach projects, school education programs, library materials and demonstration events.
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