NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Whether it's flooding or another severe weather event, emergency officials want to make sure Tennesseans are prepared.A community assessment will get underway Thursday across Davidson County.Tennessee has been hit hard with natural disasters --from a devastating flood in May 2010 to several strings of severe storms and tornadoes that ripped through the state in just the last year and a half.The Metro Public Health and the Tennessee Department of Health will be using a tool designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to go door to door and check to see how disaster ready you are.The door to door assessment will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. It will be in 30 neighborhoods in Davidson County that have been randomly selected to be the target of a door to door assessment.Saturday will be used as a backup day if the assessments are not completed by Friday.Participants will be asked a list of 22 questions. They may include:* What is your primary way of getting information during a disaster or emergency?* What special assistance might you need from emergency responders during an emergency?The people conducting the survey will be wearing a t-Shirt with the words CASPER written on the front, which stands for Community Assessment on Public Health Emergency Response.
Naturally, there are folks who believe that it is none of the government's business what you do, or do not, have in your home related to disaster preparedness. I happen to be one of those "anti-government troglodytes." So I was immediately curious about what the 22 questions were. I fired off a request to the CDC and this is what I got back:
The CDC is unaware of a Door-To-Door Assessment tool for Disaster Preparedness, please contact the Tennessee State Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.Thank you, CDC Media Relations
Hmmm. I have forwarded this to the reporter of the original story and will let you know what I hear back.