Waikanae River flood risk perceptions : results of a community survey, August 2001

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Johnston, D.M.; Paton, D.; Kerr, J.E.; Becker, J.S.; Gray, W. 2002 Waikanae River flood risk perceptions : results of a community survey, August 2001 . Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences science report 2002/06 31 p.

Abstract: A survey examining residents’ understanding of, attitudes towards, and adoption of risk reduction measures for flood hazards was conducted in 2001 with a sample of the community living on the Waikanae floodplain. A total of 1000 questionnaires were delivered directly to houses in Waikanae. This report presents the results of this survey and discusses their implications for the current status of hazard education and warning effectiveness, and for the development of future strategies for flood hazard reduction and readiness. Following an analysis of levels of preparedness, we then review factors that influence how people formulate intentions to prepare for flood hazards and the factors that influence their subsequent decisions to convert intentions in a manner that results in their adopting hazard preparedness measures and actions. The acknowledgement of this distinction, and the development of distinct assessment strategies for each phase, is an important consideration in the process of developing effective intervention strategies. (auth)