Journal article

Disaster Preparedness for Children and Families: a Critical Review

Kevin R Ronan, Eva Alisic, Briony Towers, Victoria A Johnson, David M Johnston



Preparedness for disasters is universally low; children and families are particularly vulnerable groups. Against this backdrop, research on disaster preparedness for children and families is reviewed, with a focus on disaster preparedness and prevention education programs. Following definitions and theory/rationale, research is critically analyzed. While findings indicate a large growth in research in the past 15 years and largely positive findings, significant challenges remain. These challenges include issues related to methodological rigor, long-term effectiveness, and implementation. Recent research reflecting these important challenges is reviewed. At the same time, other recent researc..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The funding support of Australia's Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC) is gratefully acknowledged. This review paper was part of a larger scoping and review exercise for a 3-year BNHCRC-funded project on "building best practice in child-centered disaster risk reduction."