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Measuring Tsunami Preparedness in Coastal Washington, United States

Johnston, D., Paton, D., Crawford, G. L., Ronan, K., Hougthon, B. and Buergelt, Petra T. (2005). Measuring Tsunami Preparedness in Coastal Washington, United States<br />. Natural Hazards,35(1):173-184.

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Title Measuring Tsunami Preparedness in Coastal Washington, United States
Author Johnston, D.
Paton, D.
Crawford, G. L.
Ronan, K.
Hougthon, B.
Buergelt, Petra T.
Journal Name Natural Hazards
Publication Date 2005
Volume Number 35
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1573-0840   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 173
End Page 184
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Field of Research 0502 - Environmental Science and Management
Abstract A survey of over 300 residents’ and visitors’ (non-residents) perceptions of tsunami hazards was carried out along the west coast of Washington State during August and September 2001. The study quantified respondents’ preparedness to deal with tsunami hazards. Despite success in disseminating hazard information, levels of preparedness were recorded at low to moderate levels. This finding is discussed in regard to the way in which people interpret hazard information and its implications for the process of adjustment adoption or preparedness. These data are also used to define strategies for enhancing preparedness. Strategies involve maintaining and enhancing hazard knowledge and risk perception, promoting the development of preparatory intentions, and facilitating the conversion of these intentions into sustained preparedness. A second phase of work began in February 2003, consisting of a series of focus groups which examined beliefs regarding preparedness and warnings, and a school survey. Preliminary findings of this work are presented.
Keywords Tsunami
Public education
Warnings
Warning systems
Preparedness
Evacuation
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URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-004-2419-8
 
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