You're on your own: community vulnerability and the need for awareness and education for predictable natural disasters

King, David (2000) You're on your own: community vulnerability and the need for awareness and education for predictable natural disasters. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 8 (4). pp. 223-228.

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Abstract

During a hazard event, individuals and communities are often isolated from the support and intervention of emergency service providers. Household and school-based studies have shown inadequate levels of awareness and preparedness for predictable and regularly occurring hazards like floods and tropical cyclones. Post-disaster studies have demonstrated both a lack of preparedness and the extent to which people are surprised by the ferocity or extent of the hazard. These research findings underscore the importance of providing specific and targeted education to enhance community capability to withstand a natural hazard with minimal harm and loss of property. At the same time, efforts must be enhanced to mitigate against disaster through better planning of urban development.

Item ID: 12906
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: crisis management; disaster planning/policy
ISSN: 1468-5973
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2011 23:25
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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