This fall, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health is conducting a CASPER survey that will look at local residents’ preparedness for potential emergencies and disasters. The initial door-to-door CASPER (Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response) survey, developed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), took place on Tuesday, September 17, and Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in neighborhoods around the county and the City of Annapolis.
Two-member survey teams went door to door in neighborhoods randomly selected by the CDC. Teams included Department of Health staff, Maryland Responds volunteers and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers. They traveled in County cars and had identifying shirts and badges.
The 15-minute survey has questions about household disaster preparedness, health needs, and training such as CPR and First Aid. The survey is anonymous, and no personal information will be collected.
The CDC’s Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Health Studies Branch developed CASPER to help public health agencies assess household emergency preparedness and provide resources to meet community needs in case of disasters.
Anne Arundel County is the first county in Maryland to use the CASPER survey. The survey is a valuable tool to preserve, promote and protect the health and safety of county residents. The data will be shared with county and city public safety partners to improve our ability to plan and respond to emergencies.
For more information about the CASPER survey and the survey teams, call the Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response at 410-222-4115.