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Australian wildland-urban interface householders’ wildfire safety preparations: ‘Everyday life’ project priorities and perceptions of wildfire risk

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posted on 29.01.2020, 00:00 authored by K Koksal, J McLennan, Danielle EveryDanielle Every, Christopher BearmanChristopher Bearman
Globally, many residents of wildland-urban interface (WUI) communities are at risk of wildfire attack but do not undertake adequate preparations. Householder wildfire risk perception has been proposed as an important influence on risk mitigation preparatory actions. However, research findings have been inconsistent. We conducted a meta-analysis of 10 studies and found the average correlation between wildfire risk perception and risk mitigation actions to be small: r = 0.17. In order to investigate wildfire risk perception and mitigation further we conducted two studies of Australian WUI householders’ wildfire risk perceptions and mitigation actions in the context of their everyday life activities conceptualised as ‘household projects’. Study 1 involved 32 interviews. Both household wildfire safety project priority rankings (r = 0.47) and wildfire risk perception ratings (r = 0.44) were related significantly to number of completed wildfire preparation actions. Study 2 involved 127 householders completing an online survey, with 83 providing household wildfire safety project priority rankings. These rankings were related significantly to number of completed wildfire safety preparation actions (r = 0.38), but risk perception ratings were not related significantly (r = 0.08). Implications of viewing wildfire preparation actions as being situated in everyday life contexts are discussed. © 2018 Elsevier Ltd

Funding

History

Volume

33

Start Page

142

End Page

154

Number of Pages

13

eISSN

2212-4209

Publisher

Elsevier, Netherlands

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

29/09/2018

External Author Affiliations

La Trobe University

Author Research Institute

Appleton Institute

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction