COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO BE HELD IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY
Sep. 15, 2022 - With growing health threats in today’s environment, it is important for emergency management and public health officials to know the risks their residents face. On Fri. Oct. 21 and Sat. Oct. 22, Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) survey teams will travel to randomly selected neighborhoods across the County to conduct door-to-door surveys to ask about how prepared their households are for a potential disaster and how to best communicate with them during a disaster.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the door-to-door survey method to be used to enable government at all levels to rapidly assess a community’s health needs after a disaster, as well as to measure community preparedness for disasters or emergencies. The data collected from these surveys will provide WCCHD and local stakeholders with a better understanding of preparedness capabilities within the community and the community’s ability to respond to a public health emergency efficiently and effectively. Additionally, the results will improve emergency response plans at a county level.
Survey team members will include public health employees, Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, and public health students from local universities. The survey will not be used to collect any personal health information and will only be conducted during daylight hours. All survey volunteers will be wearing clearly marked vests and will have identification cards. Participation in the survey is voluntary and residents may decline to participate if approached by interviewers. If you have any questions about the assessment process or purpose, please call 512-943-3660.
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