OCCHD Community Assessment for Preparedness
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department will be performing a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER). Essentially a CASPER is a fancy needs assessment which can be modified for a pre- or post- disaster timeframe. The goal of this CASPER is to determine what gaps in disaster preparedness might exist and to measure the level of preparedness within our community’s population. This assessment uses special statistical methods to allow a relatively small sample to accurately represent a large population. Besides tornados, other events we need to prepare for are earthquakes, floods, and extreme drought (just to name a few). By understanding the needs of our population (in relation to disaster planning), better decisions can be made to increase our community’s disaster preparedness level.
Teams of volunteers will go out in groups of two, or more, to the community (to pre-determined specific neighborhoods) and collect survey responses from the residents. Survey questions range from household size, to disaster event planning, to special population needs questions. The responses are completely voluntary and no personal information is recorded.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When should I expect to be contacted about the survey?
Between 10am and 1pm on Saturday the 10th of September, 2016.
Will the survey collector have any identifiable information on them so I can verify they aren’t scam artists?
Yes. They will have badges with their name, and volunteer number.
Do I have to answer the questions?
No, the survey is completely voluntary. But participation will help our ability to provide
Emergency Response in the event of a disaster.
Is every house on my street being contacted?
No. Only a few randomly selected houses, in randomly selected neighborhoods will be
I know I won’t be home, is there still a way I can participate?
Yes. We will leave a card with a phone number and web address that will allow for
participation at a time more convenient for you.
Is the information you gather going to be shared?
No personally identifiable information will be collected or shared. All survey responses will be combined and trends from this group data will be shared at a County level.
Will I get anything for participating in this survey?
Yes. We are giving out preparedness kits that include an emergency flashlight and radio.
How many houses are being contacted for this assessment?
210 houses are being contact in various neighborhoods across Oklahoma County
Who can I contact if I have questions or concern about this community assessment or the volunteers at my door?
Please contact Eric Howard at (405)419-4274 or firstname.lastname@example.org
OCCHD North East Regional Health and Wellness Campus located at 2600 NE 63rd St,
Oklahoma City, OK 73111.