Applying the protective action decision model to explain cyclone shutter installation behavior

Scovell, Mitchell, McShane, Connar, Swinbourne, Anne, and Smith, Daniel (2021) Applying the protective action decision model to explain cyclone shutter installation behavior. Natural Hazards Review, 22 (1).

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Structural upgrades can mitigate property damage caused by tropical cyclones. However, people in high-risk areas do not always install these upgrades. This paper used the protective action decision model (PADM) as a theoretical framework for explaining one specific type of structural mitigation behavior: the installation of cyclone shutters. The results indicated that the degree to which people think and talk about cyclones (hazard intrusiveness) was a significant predictor of behavior but that risk perception was not. Moreover, the results show that people need to perceive that installing shutters has benefits beyond mitigating damage (e.g., increases property value and has utility for other purposes). Contrary to past research, it was also found that the perceived cost of shutter installation (in terms of time, money, and effort) was important. The results provide evidence for the utility of the PADM for explaining long-term, high-cost natural hazard mitigation behavior.

Item ID: 64490
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1527-6996
Keywords: cyclone mitigation behavior; protection action decision model; risk perception; hazard intrusiveness; hazard-related attributes
Copyright Information: © 2020 American Society of Civil Engineers.
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2020 18:50
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 60%
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3399 Other built environment and design > 339999 Other built environment and design not elsewhere classified @ 20%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420604 Injury prevention @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920407 Health Protection and/or Disaster Response @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961010 Natural Hazards in Urban and Industrial Environments @ 60%
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