Understanding Functional Earthquake Readiness: Development and preliminary validation of earthquake readiness measures and predictors

Douglas Paton, Ella Anderson, Julia Becker, Jessica Peterson

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Abstract

Natural processes (e.g. seismic, volcanic etc.) become natural hazards when their actions threaten people and/or what they value; be it human life, animals or infrastructure. A significant influence on whether a hazard event becomes a disaster (i.e. exceeds community/societal capacity to absorb or respond to impacts) is readiness. Readiness has been defined in a variety of ways by previous researchers including undertaking ‘survival actions’ such as collecting water and food, undertaking ‘structural actions’ such as retrofitting a building to
prevent damage in a disaster, learning survival skills, undertaking planning, and performing social actions. Given the diversity of ways in which the term ‘readiness’ can be interpreted it is clear that a better understanding is needed of what readiness means to people. This study explored whether readiness, usually measured as a variable comprising homogenous items, actually comprises of several distinct, but related categories. How people think about and categorise hazard readiness has important implications for understanding why some people
and communities are prepared for hazards and others are not. A better understanding of how
people interpret readiness can also assist with identifying relevant interventions that encourage
future preparedness in populations.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew Zealand
PublisherInstitute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited
Commissioning bodyInstitute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited
Number of pages43
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-98-850032-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-98-850031-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017

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