Online survey to be used in hazard, wildfire prevention report

Published: Apr. 9, 2018 at 6:05 PM EDT
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High winds, winter storms and nearly everything in between can halt daily life for people living in the Shenandoah Valley in any given year.

Every few years, the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) creates what it calls an All Hazards Mitigation Plan to help local governments prepare and deal with natural disasters and other emergencies.

A survey is now available online for the public to provide input as the CSPDC prepares to issue a 2018 report.

Questions range from experiences with natural disasters to what steps homeowners have taken to prepare.

The data collected will also be used to create a new Community Wildfire Protection Plan, modeled after a similar one made for Augusta County.

"We realized so many of our wild land areas in the region cover several jurisdictions, such as the national park or the national forest.," said Rebecca Joyce, the CSPDC Community Program Manger. "We thought it would be great to be able to do a specific plan on wildfires and then incorporate it into our All Hazards Plan."

While the survey is open for the next couple of months, Joyce recommended those interested in taking it to do so sooner rather than later.

You can access the survey by clicking on it in the "Related Links" section of this article.