Preparedness and vulnerability: an issue of equity in Australian disaster situations

Boon, Helen (2013) Preparedness and vulnerability: an issue of equity in Australian disaster situations. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 28 (3). pp. 12-16.

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Abstract

The character and severity of impacts from natural disasters depends not only on the particular disaster but also on exposure and vulnerability. This study examined preparedness for a natural disaster and financial capacity in four regional Australian communities which had experienced climate extremes: Innisfail (cyclone) and Ingham (flood) in Queensland and Beechworth (fire) and Bendigo (drought) in Victoria. The study employed a quantitative design using a survey (1008 respondents) across the four communities as well as demographic statistics about each community. The key findings showed that preparedness was primarily linked to an individual's financial capacity (defined by their capacity to meet the costs of the event) and their insurance cover for the event's damage. It is clear therefore that there are critical issues of equity when examining preparedness for disaster.

Item ID: 28768
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: disaster, vulnerability, Australia, financial capacity, resilience, preparedness
ISSN: 1324-1540
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2013 01:24
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961010 Natural Hazards in Urban and Industrial Environments @ 100%
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