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Psychological preparedness and vulnerability

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posted on 29.05.2018, 00:00 by Danielle EveryDanielle Every
Bushfires and other natural disasters are becoming increasingly frequent and more severe. Australian bushfire projections suggest that by 2020 the number of days classified as ‘very extreme’ bushfire risk will double and by 2050 there may be as high as a four to five fold increase in frequency compared to data from 1990 (Lucas, Hennessy, Mills & Bathols, 2007). Research into preparedness, therefore, is increasingly important. Preparedness commonly refers to actions taken to protect oneself, one’s family and property. For bushfires, this typically involves material preparedness, such as creating a cleared area and the house and having battery-operated communication devices. This kind of physical preparation also involves developing a bushfire plan (e.g. to stay or leave early; how to look after pets in a fire) and acquiring greater knowledge and understanding about bushfires and bushfire risk. However, a growing body of research identifies psychological preparedness as an important factor in natural disaster preparedness.

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Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

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Issue

60

Start Page

72

End Page

74

Number of Pages

3

ISSN

1476-1386

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Asia Pacific Fire

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