Journal article

Taking responsibility for 'shared responsibility': urban planning for disaster risk reduction across different phases. Examining bushfire evacuation in Victoria, Australia

Jorge Leon, Alan March

INTERNATIONAL PLANNING STUDIES | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

Urban planning has been increasingly recognized as a key mechanism for disaster risk reduction. Nevertheless, it has been difficult to translate this recognition into appropriate urban morphologies. Challenges still exist in working across the different phases involved in disaster management and in supporting the ongoing shift from top-down to shared responsibility risk reduction approaches. This paper examines these issues in the context of a bushfire emergency affecting three urban fringe communities in Bendigo, Victoria. The response activity of evacuation is studied with a computer agent-based model, demonstrating that: (1) complete evacuations take considerable time (30 min to 1 h); (2)..

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