Anticipated behavioral response patterns to an earthquake: The role of personal and household characteristics, risk perception, previous experience and preparedness

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Abstract

Earthquakes pose a serious threat to human health and well-being. The interaction between human-related factors such as choice of protective behavioral strategy, on one hand, and the built environment, on the other, may exacerbate or mitigate the aftermath of a given quake event. This study surveyed expected behavioral strategies among residents of a high vulnerability risk area in Israel and assessed factors that could influence their behavior. The results demonstrate that residents with low socioeconomic status are more vulnerable. Several personal and socioeconomic characteristics are associated with residents’ expected behavior. Levels of earthquake preparedness and dwelling type are significant predictors of choice of a recommended behavioral strategy. The implications of these results and possible ways to improve preparedness are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
Volume31
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Earthquakes
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Injury
  • Risk reduction behavior
  • Socioeconomic factors

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