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Living with Bushfire Risk: Social and environmental influences on preparedness


Paton, D and Burgelt, PT and Prior, T, Living with Bushfire Risk: Social and environmental influences on preparedness, The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 23, (3) pp. 41-48. ISSN 1324-1540 (2008) [Refereed Article]


© 2008 Emergency Management Australia. This paper discusses the process of developing a model capable of informing the development of community outreach strategies to facilitate the sustained adoption of bushfire preparedness measures. Following the identification of anomalies in defining the predictors of preparedness, a qualitative study of the reasoning processes that influence whether or not people decided to prepare for bushfire hazards is presented. The findings of the qualitative study are used to revise the preparedness model. Finally, using data from 482 residents in high bushfire risk areas in Hobart, the ability of the revised model to account for differences in levels of household preparedness is discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Educational 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:Prior, T (Mr Timothy Prior)
ID Code:54253
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2009-02-13
Last Modified:2009-06-03

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