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Promoting community bushfire preparedness


Frandsen, M and Paton, D and Middleton, P, Promoting community bushfire preparedness, Fire Note, Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (Bushfire CRC) and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), Australia, pp. 1-4. (2013) [Magazine Article]

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This Fire Note reports on the Tasmania Fire Service’s three-year Community Development Pilot (2009 – 2012), and how the pilot’s findings have facilitated the wider adoption and implementation of community engagement principles into broader Tasmania Fire Service community education programs. An action research project was developed to build on the earlier findings of the Bushfire CRC Effective Risk Communication project. This research identified that even though people in susceptible areas acknowledged their risk, a prominent reason for generally low levels of household bushfire preparedness was the failure of traditional informationbased risk communication strategies to accommodate social influences on residents’ risk perceptions, including how people’s risk management decisions are developed and enacted. This finding identified a need to base bushfire risk communication and public education programs on principles of community engagement and empowerment. This Fire Note outlines the process adopted and its implications for risk communication.

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Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:community bushfire preparedness
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Social psychology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Natural hazards
Objective Field:Natural hazards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Frandsen, M (Dr Mai Frandsen)
UTAS Author:Paton, D (Professor Douglas Paton)
ID Code:103329
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2015-10-05
Last Modified:2015-10-06
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