Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response
The Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) addresses Tulsa County household preparedness.
Oklahoma experiences a wide range of natural disasters including thunderstorms, damaging winds, tornadoes, hail, flooding, wildfires, winter storms, and earthquakes that can cause hazardous conditions. The Tulsa Health Department (THD), along with Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (OKMRC) volunteers, conducted a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) in October 2018 over an eleven day period.
The CASPER assessed the potential resiliency of Tulsa County residents in the event of a disaster by strategically asking questions that can identify gaps in preparedness. Resiliency is commonly defined as the vulnerability of an individual or population plus the impact of a disaster divided by the potential capacity to recover. The household information gathered through the survey identified critical needs of Tulsa County residents in order to improve resilience when faced with a disaster.