MSU class surveys about flood

A communications class at Minot State University is hoping to learn more about what the community needs two years after the Souris River flood.

Josh Sandy, a student in the Crisis Communications class, said class members will be interviewing community members and asking them to fill out a survey.

The interview and survey locations will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, at the Sleep Inn in Minot; from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 5 at the Town and Country Center; and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 7 in the Minot State University third floor conference center.

The survey asks for age, gender, marital status, race, ZIP code during the 2011 flood, average household income before the 2011 flood, current average household income, whether the survey taker has declared bankruptcy since the flood and whether the person has dependents living with him or her before or during the flood. The survey also asks what the survey taker considers to be his or her biggest loss due to the flood, whether it be a financial loss, loss of home or housing, neighborhood, relationships, security, car, community or psychological health or other losses. The survey also asks which of those losses have been the hardest to recover from.

The survey also asks for a variety of information, including questions about where the survey taker is currently living, quality of flood aid, flood-based needs today, and community supportiveness.

It finishes by asking survey takers to list three emotions they felt after the flood, three emotions they feel now, whether the flood still affects them emotionally and whether they have volunteered to help people affected by the flood.

A follow-up presentation, entitled Post-Flood Reflections and Projections, will be put on by the class at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in The Coliseum at Cyril Moore located on Minot State University campus.

“We want to be able to understand the needs in our community a few years after the impact of the 2011 flood,” said Sandy. “This is a great opportunity to share what you’ve been through and help decipher what is needed for a better future.”