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Confronting an unfamiliar hazard: Tsunami preparedness in Tasmania


Paton, D and Frandsen, M and Johnston, D, Confronting an unfamiliar hazard: Tsunami preparedness in Tasmania, The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 25, (4) pp. 31-37. ISSN 1324-1540 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Recognition of the fact that Australian coastal communities can experience tsunami within hours of their being detected led to the development of the Australian Tsunami Warning System. If the benefits of this system are to be fully realized, members of communities susceptible to experiencing tsunami must be prepared to respond within this timeframe. This paper discusses how a lack of experience of tsunami hazards in communities in Tasmania that has resulted in low perception of risk being attributed to this hazard, with levels of preparedness being correspondingly low. The paper then discusses whether a model that has demonstrated an ability to predict preparedness in areas in the United States where tsunami risk is accepted can be applied in Tasmanian communities. Following demonstration that this model is not a good predictor when people are dealing with a hazard with low risk acceptance, an alternative model is presented and its utility evaluated. The role of planning and risk beliefs is also discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
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:Paton, D (Professor Douglas Paton)
UTAS Author:Frandsen, M (Dr Mai Frandsen)
ID Code:66264
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2011-01-11
Last Modified:2015-03-05
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