Previous research has identified a diversity of personal and individual factors thatinfluence household preparedness for earthquakes. However, societal influences on the preparedness process are less well studied. In particular, there is limited understandingof the impact that wider society has on people’s interpretation of earthquake and preparedness information, and how this relates to people’s decisions about getting prepared for earthquakes. To address this gap, a New Zealand-based project was initiated to investigate how social factors interact with individuals’ meaning-making of earthquake information and how this affects subsequent earthquake preparedness behaviour. A range of social factors were identified as being influential on the meaning-making and preparedness process, including community (community participation, sense of community); leadership; responsibility (responsibility for preparing, responsibility for others); social norms; trust; and societal requirements.
|Number of pages||36|
|Journal||International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
Becker, J., Paton, D., Johnston, D., & Ronan, K. R. (2014). Societal influences on earthquake information meaning-making and household preparedness. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 32(2), 317-352.