Preparing ... for what? Developing multi-dimensional measures of community wildfire preparedness for researchers, practitioners and households
Patrick D Dunlop, Ilona M McNeill, Jessica L Boylan, David L Morrison, Timothy C Skinner
International Journal of Wildland Fire | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2014
In an effort to reduce wildfire risk to community members, researchers and practitioners have sought to identify the factors that are most effective in motivating community members to engage in preparatory behaviours. Quantitative research in this area has been hampered, however, by a lack of consistency in, and validation of household wildfire preparedness assessments. Consequences have included a difficulty in comparing results across quantitative studies, a poor collective understanding of how existing preparedness assessments were developed and an inability to ascertain how specific preparedness actions are tied to householders' responses to wildfire. We propose to resolve these issues b..View full abstract
This work was supported by an Australian Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre grant on communications to residents in wildfire-prone areas that was awarded to the authors. None of the conclusions expressed here necessarily reflect views other than those of the authors. We thank personnel from the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC), particularly Robert Llewellyn and Damien Killalea for facilitating the workshop in which this research was embedded. We would also like to thank Dr Raoul Oehman, Mr Huw Flatau-Harrison, Mrs Yinghui Cao and Dr Bryan Boruff, for their assistance during the data collection process. Finally, we acknowledge the anonymous reviewers and Associate Editor for their helpful comments and suggestions.