Astill, S and Miller, E, 'We expect seniors to be able to prepare and recover from a cyclone as well as younger members of this community': Emergency Management's Expectations of Older Adults Residing in Aging, Remote Hamlets on Australia's Cyclone-Prone Coastline, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 12, (1) pp. 14-18. ISSN 1935-7893 (2017) [Refereed Article]
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Objective: To investigate the extent to which older residents feel they can remain "self-reliant" during future natural disasters and to compare the findings with the viewpoints of local policy-makers and with those charged with caring for the elderly both on a day-to-day basis and in times of crisis.
Methods: This study used an array of non-probability snowballing techniques to seek the participation of senior citizens over the age of 65 years, emergency services officers, community health carers, and local government disaster managers located in aging, remote, coastal Australian communities vulnerable to cyclones and storm surges. All respondents participated in either a face-to-face personal interview or a focus group, with senior citizens also completing a self-administered questionnaire.
Results: This research found a discrepancy between policy expectations and the experiences of both the elderly and those who care for them, as well as a lack of understanding with regard to the term "self-reliant."
Conclusions: These results highlight the inability of older adults in aging, remote, coastal Australian communities to remain "self-reliant" in the future, impacting both disaster management policies and the future capacity of these communities to remain resilient.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||ageing population, natural hazards, cyclones, self-reliance, emergency management policies|
|Research Division:||Studies in Human Society|
|Research Group:||Human Geography|
|Research Field:||Human Geography not elsewhere classified|
|Objective Division:||Expanding Knowledge|
|Objective Group:||Expanding Knowledge|
|Objective Field:||Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society|
|UTAS Author:||Astill, S (Dr Sandra Astill)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||1|
|Deposited By:||Office of the School of Social Sciences|
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