Investigating the hazard preparatory information-seeking habits of far north Queensland coastal communities

Astill, Sandra, and Griggs, Peter (2014) Investigating the hazard preparatory information-seeking habits of far north Queensland coastal communities. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 29 (3). pp. 37-45.

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Abstract

Contemporary emergency management advocates the use of hazard preparatory information to educate individuals located in areas exposed to the effects of natural hazards. The provision of this information has been identified as an influencing factor increasing resilience of communities, encouraging careful preparation of property and households, and speeding up the post-event recovery process. To date research has focused on the written message, largely ignoring the hazard preparatory information-seeking habits of those at risk. This study examined the hazard preparatory information-seeking habits of residents in three coastal communities in far north Queensland with differing cyclone and storm surge history. The results showed that resident-owners, with more than five years occupancy, and therefore, more natural hazard experience, were the most likely to seek hazard preparatory information. In addition, some business owners located in areas with no previous cyclone impact experience were unlikely to seek information on preparing their properties and they stated that insurance coverage would mitigate any losses.

Item ID: 34267
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1324-1540
Keywords: hazards; hazard information; Far North Queensland; Emergency Management Australia; cyclone preparation; storm surge preparation
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Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2014 04:46
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040604 Natural Hazards @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 25%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability @ 25%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961002 Natural Hazards in Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 50%
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