JCC seeks public opinion in disaster planning

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All the dry docks at the James City County Marina are underwater, but Marina Manager Kim Berry has been out on the docks making sure the boats are secure. (Courtesy of Mark Gillespie)
All the dry docks at the James City County Marina were underwater due to flooding last year. (Courtesy of Mark Gillespie)

When it comes to preparing for disaster, James City County wants to know your game plan.

According to a news release, the county is conducting a public opinion survey as part of its Hazard Mitigation Plan, a means of making the county less vulnerable to natural disasters and manmade hazards.

The information gathered from the survey will be used to assess local hazard risks — such as floods, hurricanes, and winter storms — and determine how to best minimize or manage those risks.

With questions such as “How concerned are you about the possibility of our community being impacted by a natural hazard or manmade disaster?” and “Have you taken any actions to make your home or neighborhood more resistant to hazards?” the survey aims to gauge the public’s concern and readiness for emergencies.

James City County is one of a number of Hampton Roads communities jointly updating their Hazard Mitigation Plans and combining the findings in one central document.

“This survey questionnaire provides an opportunity for you to share your opinions and participate in the ongoing mitigation planning process taking place in Hampton Roads communities,” read a statement from the county. “The information you provide will help us better understand your hazard concerns and may lead to mitigation activities that help lessen the impact of future hazard events.”

Click here to take the survey, which will be open through Aug. 17.

According to the release, additional opportunities to review the draft plan, provide written feedback and attend a public meeting are forthcoming.