Wellington household preparedness survey

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Blake, D.; Tipler, K.; Garden, E.; Johnston, D.M.; Becker, J.S. 2018 Wellington household preparedness survey. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2018/23. 109 p.; doi: 10.21420/G2GH10

Abstract: Undertaking planning and preparation activities enhance the ability of households to respond to and recover from earthquakes and other emergencies. The Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR) and the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) conducted a survey of households across the Wellington region to investigate emergency preparedness levels, to identify strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in current efforts to promote and support emergency preparation. The survey found that respondents’ households undertake a range of planning, preparation and risk reduction activities, including preparing a household emergency plan, identifying whether the home is located in a tsunami zone, planning how to get home if road and rail links are impassable and learning how to switch off utilities. In addition, the majority of households have emergency supplies on hand such as a working torch, first aid kit, and enough food stored for a week. Respondents sought preparedness information from many sources, and in most cases, were able to access the advice they needed to answer their emergency preparation questions. Many of the respondents reported having engaged with others to increase awareness of, and preparedness for, earthquakes and other emergencies in their communities. (auth)