Levy/Citrus County Emergency Management Conducting a Phone Survey

MEDIA RELEASE   Phone Survey on Tap for All-Hazards Evacuation Planning   Date:                     April 27, 2012 Time:                     8:00 AM                                Starting the week of Monday, April 30, residents living in Levy and Citrus counties may be contacted by telephone to take part in an all-important emergency evacuation planning survey.  The reasoning behind the survey is to gather data for use by the Levy County Emergency Management Office to improve evacuation plans for both natural and man-made disasters.   The telephone survey is being conducted by Boston-based First Market Research, and all calls made on weekdays will be conducted between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.  On the weekends, calls will be made between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.   Responding to the survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete by either the head of household or his/her spouse.   No personal or financial questions will be asked by the caller.  Instead, survey questions will seek specific information, such as how long it takes you to drive from work to home, and how many vehicles typically are available to the household for use if an evacuation were necessary.  Responses to questions like these will provide critical information for the purpose of emergency planning.   Survey results will give emergency management personnel a better estimate of the number of people evacuating any given area, the number of vehicles used to evacuate and the length of time needed to prepare for evacuations.   The data collected by the survey also will be used in a traffic engineering study to identify roadways and areas with significant traffic congestion during evacuations, and to pinpoint methods for reducing delays caused by traffic gridlock.   For more information, contact the Levy County Emergency Management Office at (352) 486-5213.       ###  

Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff's Office
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Office: 352-486-5446
Cell:    352-577-4218