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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 culminating with the 2019-2020 bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 recovery. 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 analyses.
Author: Randrianarisoa, A.; Richardson, J.; Brady, K.; Leguy, L.
Language: English
Pubished By: Australian Red Cross
Pubished date: 2021

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