A survey on emergency preparedness of EU citizens

Avgoustinos Filippoupolitis, Lachlan MacKinnon, Liz Bacon

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Abstract

Population preparedness plays a crucial role in disaster management since it can help reduce the number of victims and restrict damage. Nevertheless, little work has been done at a European level towards preparing populations to learn how to cope with disasters and involving them in the disaster management process. In this paper we present the preliminary results of an on-line emergency preparedness survey circulated among EU citizens, which aims to identify and analyse people's behaviour in terms of preparedness, first reaction, risk awareness and willingness to engage in preparedness actions. Our preliminary analysis, based on over 1200 participants, indicates that although EU populations have a high capability for participation in emergency response, their preparedness level is low. We also found that national differences are a significant factor affecting individual preparedness behaviour and awareness of risks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISCRAM 2015 Conference Proceedings - 12th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
EditorsLeysia A. Palen, Tina Comes, Monika Buscher, Amanda Lee Hughes, Leysia A. Palen
PublisherInformation Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9788271177881
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2015 - Kristiansand, Norway
Duration: 24 May 201527 May 2015

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2015
CountryNorway
CityKristiansand
Period24/05/1527/05/15

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