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Kaua’i District Health Office will conduct a CASPER survey to assess emergency preparedness and ongoing pandemic impacts

Posted on May 26, 2023 in Press room

LĪHUʻE, HI – The Department of Health (DOH) Kaua’i District Health Office will conduct a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) survey to assess the level of emergency preparedness and the current well-being of Kaua’i households.

“The responses will build on previous CASPER surveys to assess household emergency preparedness and evacuation plans, and will also help us understand how Kaua’i households are faring as we emerge from the pandemic,” said Lauren Guest, deputy director of health for the Kaua’i district. District Health Office. “The information we obtain enables our office and the county to better meet the needs of our community before, during and after a disaster. Additionally, it serves as a valuable training opportunity for our staff.”

Survey teams will go door-to-door (June 6-9, 2023) to 30 census tracts that are oriented toward more populated areas within the county. Seven houses within each tract will be systematically selected and inspected. The survey teams are comprised of staff from the Kaua’i District Health Office with support from the Kaua’i Medical Reserve Corps and the American Red Cross. O’ahu DOH staff will also be present to participate and learn from this process.

“We greatly appreciate the participation of Kaua’i residents in this island-wide survey effort,” said Dr. Janet Berreman, Kaua’i District Health Officer. “Mahalo for generously sharing your time and responses with our survey teams.”

The survey takes about 10 minutes and selected households will be asked about the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, emergency preparedness supply levels, emergency plans for various hazards, as well as general questions about life on Kaua’i. All survey responses will remain confidential and the survey teams will not collect names or addresses.

Team members will wear vests that identify them as part of the DOH inspection team and will carry identification cards. Inspection crews will wear face masks and physical distancing will be observed. Participating households will be offered the opportunity to complete the survey over the phone, if they prefer.

The CASPER survey methodology was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to rapidly assess the health and other resource needs of a community after a disaster.

This will be the DOH’s sixth CASPER survey conducted on Kauaʻi. To view previous CASPER survey reports, visit: