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What does being "well-prepared" for wildfire mean?

Chapter


Abstract


  • The ability of landowners to respond to and recover from a wildfire

    event depends to a large degree on their preparation. Despite the

    attention and resources directed to this goal many people generally

    remain underprepared (AFAC, 2010; Eriksen & Gill, 2010; Prior,

    2010). This information-to-action gap is by no means Australia-specific,

    having been recognised as an important public policy issue internationally

    (Jakes, 2002; McCaffrey, 2006; Stetler, Venn & Calkin, 2010).

    If being "well prepared" is a key objective of wildfire risk communication,

    then this begs the question: what is "well prepared"? The

    term "well prepared" is widely used but poorly defined. Pursuing this

    objective thus requires examining what well prepared actually means

    to risk communicators and at-risk residents respectively. This analysis

    is based on the distinct, but complementary aspects of preparation:

    practical and psychological preparedness.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Prior, T. & Eriksen, C. (2012). What does being "well-prepared" for wildfire mean?. In D. Paton & F. Tedim (Eds.), Wildfire and Community: Facilitating Preparedness and Resilience (pp. 190-206). Springfield: Charles C. Thomas Publisher.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780398088422

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/606

Book Title


  • Wildfire and Community: Facilitating Preparedness and Resilience

Start Page


  • 190

End Page


  • 206

Place Of Publication


  • Springfield

Abstract


  • The ability of landowners to respond to and recover from a wildfire

    event depends to a large degree on their preparation. Despite the

    attention and resources directed to this goal many people generally

    remain underprepared (AFAC, 2010; Eriksen & Gill, 2010; Prior,

    2010). This information-to-action gap is by no means Australia-specific,

    having been recognised as an important public policy issue internationally

    (Jakes, 2002; McCaffrey, 2006; Stetler, Venn & Calkin, 2010).

    If being "well prepared" is a key objective of wildfire risk communication,

    then this begs the question: what is "well prepared"? The

    term "well prepared" is widely used but poorly defined. Pursuing this

    objective thus requires examining what well prepared actually means

    to risk communicators and at-risk residents respectively. This analysis

    is based on the distinct, but complementary aspects of preparation:

    practical and psychological preparedness.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Prior, T. & Eriksen, C. (2012). What does being "well-prepared" for wildfire mean?. In D. Paton & F. Tedim (Eds.), Wildfire and Community: Facilitating Preparedness and Resilience (pp. 190-206). Springfield: Charles C. Thomas Publisher.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780398088422

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/606

Book Title


  • Wildfire and Community: Facilitating Preparedness and Resilience

Start Page


  • 190

End Page


  • 206

Place Of Publication


  • Springfield