Journal article

Predicting delay in residents' decisions on defending v. evacuating through antecedents of decision avoidance

Ilona M McNeill, Patrick D Dunlop, Timothy C Skinner, David L Morrison

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF WILDLAND FIRE | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2015

Abstract

In the event of a wildfire, Australian residents of wildfire-prone areas have a choice to defend their home or evacuate early. However, rather than deciding on and preparing for one of these fire-responses ahead of time, most residents delay deciding on defending v. evacuating (e.g. they wait and see instead). Recent research has shown that delaying this decision is associated with reduced levels of preparedness for both responses and on the day of a fire, an increased risk to life and property. The current study empirically examined what predicts this decision delay regarding one's fire-response by measuring two personality traits and several decision-related factors. A longitudinal survey ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

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. The conclusions expressed here do not necessarily reflect views other than those of the authors.