Survey assesses community needs in Duwamish Valley
Climate resilience is the ability to prevent, prepare for, and respond to disruptions caused by climate change.
UW & PARTNERS UNDERTAKE DUWAMISH VALLEY CLIMATE RESILIENCE NEEDS ASSESSMENT, AKA "SASPER" SURVEY
Seattle’s Duwamish Valley (DV) neighborhoods of South Park and Georgetown are home to racially diverse and low-income communities that experience an unfair share of climate change impacts in the region. In recent years, flooding has become more frequent and severe and the area is expected to be among the city’s hardest hit by sea level rise. In response, the City of Seattle is establishing a Duwamish Valley Resilience District (DVRD). The DVRD will center environmental justice and racial equity in its planning for adaptation and mitigation in response to flood risks and other impacts of climate change. An early step in this planning is to conduct an assessment of the community’s needs, which will help the city and its DV residents prepare for and build resilience to the impacts of climate change.
In partnership with the University of Washington, state and local public health agencies, and the non-profit Duwamish River Community Coalition, the City of Seattle is participating in a “SASPER” – Seattle Assessment of Public Health Emergency Response. The SASPER builds on methods used by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control ("CASPER") to conduct door-to-door surveys to assess pre- and post-disaster needs in impacted communities. The SASPER will actively engage residents in assessing and building resilience strategies tailored to their local conditions and needs. Data collected and lessons learned from the project will drive future equity-centered approaches to disaster needs assessment, resilience planning, and climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.
The SASPER climate resilience survey will be conducted in the Duwamish Valley in October and November of 2022.
Thank you to our partners: City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment, Duwamish River Community Coalition, Duwamish Valley Youth Corps, Public Health–Seattle & King County, Washington State Department of Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, UW School of Nursing, UW Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, UW RAPID Facility and to Nicole Errett, Principal Investigator, Director, UW Collaborative on Extreme Event Resilience and EDGE Center CEC.
The CDC's Community Assessment for Public Health Response (CASPER) toolkit was adapted for use in this project.