Increasing residents' preparedness and planning for natural hazards: Annual project report 2015-2016
|Title||Increasing residents' preparedness and planning for natural hazards: Annual project report 2015-2016|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||McNeill, I, Boldero, J|
|Institution||Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC|
This project addresses the following problem statements: 1) what measures can best be used to capture individuals’ preparedness and planning for natural hazards?, 2) how effective are traditional strategies, such as community engagement groups vs. brochures vs. websites vs. advertising in increasing preparedness and planning by residents of hazard prone areas?, and 3) what are some of the key barriers and motivators for residents’ engagement with disaster resilience building activities, and how can strategies be improved to increase preparedness for natural hazards? All problem statements are being addressed within the context of bushfires and floods.
Over the past 12 months, this project has undertaken the following:
To address Problem Statement 3, we developed and conducted a large survey study amongst residents of flood prone areas, with data collection initiated in September 2015. Unfortunately, this study had to be abandoned due to an exceptionally low response rate at Wave 1 (September 2015). Potential reasons for the low response rate have been presented in a report5.
In response to the low response rate of the September 2015 study, a revised approach to address Problem Statement 3 was developed and presented to end-users in a teleconference in November 2015. The outline for this new study was presented in more detail at the Research Advisory Forum in Hobart. This study will examine the role of perceived community culture in motivating residents to engage with resilience building initiatives and preparedness activities. Data collection for this study is planned to commence in September – December 2016.