Understanding preparedness and recovery: A survey of people’s preparedness and recovery experience for emergencies
Over the last decade, Australia has witnessed an
increase in disasters and emergencies
with the 2019-2020 bushfires and the COVID-19
Emergency recovery goes beyond survival. It is
a complex process with potentially long-lasting
impacts on people’s lives. Within research, policy
and practice, there is a widespread assumption
that preparing for a disaster has a positive impact
on recovery. However, there is a limited amount of
research proving this link between preparedness
actions and recovery, and most preparedness actions
are focused on hazard survival, and the first 72 hours
after a disaster.
As part of the goal of Australian Red Cross to equip
three million people to prepare for and recover
from an emergency, we wanted to further our
understanding of people’s experiences of emergency
and recovery. In particular, we wanted to better understand the
link between preparedness actions and enhanced
This report examines the emergency experiences of
165 people who lived through a disaster between
2008 and 2019. The analysis of the survey responses
relies on descriptive statistics, and factor and cluster
Randrianarisoa, A.; Richardson, J.; Brady, K.; Leguy, L.
Australian Red Cross
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