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Nurturing community wildfire preparedness from the ground up: Evaluating a community engagement initiative


Frandsen, M and Paton, D and Sakariassen, K and Killalea, D, Nurturing community wildfire preparedness from the ground up: Evaluating a community engagement initiative, Wildfire and Community: Facilitating Preparedness and Resilience, Charles C Thomas Publisher, Ltd, Douglas Paton and Fantina Tedim (ed), Illinois, USA, pp. 260-280. ISBN 9780398088422 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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Growing recognition that risk communications strategies intended to increase household wildfire preparedness using the top-down dissemination of information (i.e., developed and delivered to communities by agencies) have met with only limited success (Eriksen & Prior, 2010; Martin, Bender, & Raish, 2007; Johnston et al, 2005; Lindell & Whitney, 2000; Paton, Biirgelt & Prior, 2008) calls for alternative approaches to encouraging sustained household preparedness. This chapter discusses an alternative, and one founded on the idea that strategies intended to facilitate wildfire preparedness requires that the community recipients of information and the agency and scientific sources of information engage in reciprocal and complementary ways in the risk management process (Kumagai, Bliss, Daniels, & Carroll, 2004; McCaffrey, 2007; McGee & Russell, 2003; Paton & Wright, 2008; Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission, 2010; Winter, Vogt, & McCaffrey, 2004). This chapter also discusses how theoretical perspectives on community—agency engagement can be encapsulated in practical risk management strategies.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
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:83088
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2013-02-28
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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