"We expect older adults to be able to prepare and recover from a cyclone as well as younger members of this community": emergency management's expectations of older adults residing in aging, remote hamlets on Australia's cyclone prone coastline

Astill, Sandra, and Miller, Evonne (2018) "We expect older adults to be able to prepare and recover from a cyclone as well as younger members of this community": emergency management's expectations of older adults residing in aging, remote hamlets on Australia's cyclone prone coastline. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 12 (1). pp. 14-18.

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Abstract

To investigate the extent to which older residents feel they can remain “self-reliant” during future natural disasters and to compare the findings with the viewpoints of local policy-makers and with those charged with caring for the elderly both on a day-to-day basis and in times of crisis.

This study used an array of non-probability snowballing techniques to seek the participation of senior citizens over the age of 65 years, emergency services officers, community health carers, and local government disaster managers located in aging, remote, coastal Australian communities vulnerable to cyclones and storm surges. All respondents participated in either a face-to-face personal interview or a focus group, with senior citizens also completing a self-administered questionnaire.

This research found a discrepancy between policy expectations and the experiences of both the elderly and those who care for them, as well as a lack of understanding with regard to the term “self-reliant.”

These results highlight the inability of older adults in aging, remote, coastal Australian communities to remain “self-reliant” in the future, impacting both disaster management policies and the future capacity of these communities to remain resilient. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2017;page 1 of 5)

Item ID: 47281
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1938-744X
Keywords: aging populations, natural hazards, cyclones, self-reliant, emergency management policies
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2017 05:11
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420301 Aged health care @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440604 Environmental geography @ 25%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440610 Social geography @ 25%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961099 Natural Hazards not elsewhere classified @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing @ 50%
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