The focus of this research project was informed by the findings of earlier BNHCRC
research that investigated human fatalities from natural disasters (Haynes et al.,
2017). This project focused on the two behaviours most frequently associated
with flood fatalities:
driving into floodwater in a motor vehicle, and recreating in floodwater. The research strategy involved a suite of research studies, and employed mixed
qualitative and quantitative methods, including experimental research,
questionnaires, and in-depth interviews employing a mental models approach
to ensure the research problem is well understood, the needs of those at risk
could be met, and knowledge is co-produced with end-users and community. This project provides an in-depth understanding of how the public and
emergency service professionals (SES) behave around, and understand the risks
of, floodwater. The translation of these findings into utilisation and impact is an
ongoing process that will continue beyond the formal end of the research.
Taylor, Mel; Tofa, Matalena; Haynes, Katharine
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
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