Journal article

Commitments increase preparedness for floods

Piers DL Howe, Adriana Vargas-Saenz, Ilona M McNeill

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2019

Abstract

The current study investigated whether we could encourage Australian residents to become better prepared for floods by inviting them to make a specific commitment to do so. We sampled 374 residents of the state of Victoria (56% male, 81% metropolitan) and 400 residents of the state of New South Wales (45% male, 59% metropolitan) who lived in locations that were potentially at risk of floods. They residents were sampled so that their distributions of ages, genders and living locations were as representative as possible of the population of those two states. These residents completed two surveys that ascertained their preparedness for floods at two points in time, separate by a two-week period..

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Grants

Awarded by Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme, Emergency Management Victoria (Australia)


Funding Acknowledgements

PH received grant NDRGS16/17-0008 from the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme, Emergency Management Victoria (Australia); https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/ndrgs. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.