At the request of the Demographic Surveys Division, staff from the Center for Survey Measurement cognitively pretested the 2013 American Housing Survey Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Module.
Results of 6 cognitive interviews conducted in September 2012 found that: 1) some respondents thought preparing a disaster plan with vital financial information and contact numbers was outdated in the world of cellular technology; 2) it was not possible to differentiate between respondents who did not need assistance in evacuating and sheltering their pets and those who did not have any pets; 3) respondents in apartment buildings answered inconsistently about having a generator if the apartment building had one but they themselves did not; and 4) the sequence of questions was viewed by some respondents as skipping around across housing characteristics, planning details and evacuation. A complete enumeration of findings as well as recommendations to address the problems is included in the attached report.
Aleia Clark and Theresa J. DeMaio. (2012). Report of Cognitive Testing on the 2013 American Housing Survey Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Module Questionnaire. Research and Methodology Directorate, Center for Survey Measurement Study Series (Survey Methodology #2012-11). U.S. Census Bureau. Available online at <http://www.census.gov/srd/papers/pdf/ssm2012-11.pdf>.