CASPER might come knocking on your door

J. H. Osborne • Updated Sep 26, 2017 at 11:43 AM

BLOUNTVILLE – Sullivan County residents may get a knock on the door in the next few days and find representatives of the Sullivan County Regional Health Department on the other side.

Teams of workers — with identification badges and wearing yellow vests — will be conducting door-to-door interviews on October 3, 4, and 5. No personal information will be collected.

Their goal is to interview residents using a rapid assessment tool called CASPER, which stands for “Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response.”

This CASPER enables SCRHD to assess potential community needs in the event of a disaster. In addition, the questions will help local officials gain knowledge about our resident’s level of preparedness and provide valuable information for emergency planning. In the event of an emergency, the CASPER methodology allows officials to rapidly assess the status of a community by visiting pre-selected census blocks (parts of census tracts) and surveying residents during the crisis. Answers to the survey questions can help improve emergency response.

Residents in targeted neighborhoods in the county may be visited anytime on Oct. 3-4 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and, if needed, during the morning hours on the Oct. 5. Workers will be in teams of two or three members. Residents will be asked questions related to carbon monoxide safety and other emergency preparedness questions.

The Sullivan County Regional Health Department appreciates your help with this community assessment to improve the public health emergency response system.

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