The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is looking for assistance from community members in Sevier County, Tennessee who were affected by the Chimney Tops Fire in 2016. They want to know more about their experiences and responses to emergency notifications during this wildfire incident and are asking people to complete a survey online or by telephone.
NIST will use the survey results to help improve emergency messaging, training and education of emergency personnel and to develop evacuation models that can be used for wildfire planning. According to a press release from NIST, “The study may lead to the development of changes that could improve current standards and practices so that communities across the U.S. can become more resilient to natural hazards.”
The survey is being conducted for NIST by a research firm called the Fors Marsh Group. Some people living in the area were sent a letter in October 2018 with a web link to complete the survey, which according to NIST takes 20 minutes to complete. The survey sign-in page can be found at www.NISTfiresurvey.com and participants can either use a “personal code” they received in one of the letters mentioned above that were sent or can use their home address. Additionally, if you are interested in participating you can also call the Fors Marsh Group at 877 891-2465.
Photo credit: Destroyed home in Sevier County, Tennessee, 2016, by Faith Berry, NFPA.