Community flood preparedness survey
Gladstone and Smithtown - starting 1 September 2015

Community invited to join survey on flood preparedness

With NSW experiencing a number of major floods in recent years a survey project is taking place to examine strategies that can be used to increase community flood awareness and preparedness.

Residents in Kempsey, Gladstone, Smithtown, and the communities of Port Macquarie’s North Shore and Settlement Point will be invited to take part in surveys during September and then again in March 2016.

University of Melbourne researchers are running the study, funded by the Federal Government’s Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.

The study will ask people about their previous flood experiences, perceptions of local flood risks and current levels of flood preparedness. 

It is hoped the results of the research will provide recommendations that can be used by emergency services, government authorities and community organisations to build community resilience regarding floods and other natural disasters.

Survey participants need to be over 18 and able to take part in household decisions about how to prepare for and respond to floods. The survey questions take between 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

Those residents taking part in the survey will then be in the running to win prizes with a total value of $1500, including one $500 Coles/Myer gift card, two $250 gift cards, and ten $50 gift cards.

Residents of the nominated areas will receive in the mail an invitation to participate in the study during the first week of September and are encouraged to take part and tell their neighbours about the study.

People interested in participating in the study can request a hard copy of the survey by contacting Melbourne University on 0484 237 912, leaving either a text or voice message or alternatively residents can take the survey online at http://tinyurl.com/Natural-Hazards-Survey 

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