Flood risk perceptions, education and warning in four communities in New South Wales, Australia : results of a questionnaire survey, November 2005

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Becker, J.S.; Johnston, D.M.; Coomer, M.A.; Ronan, K. 2007 Flood risk perceptions, education and warning in four communities in New South Wales, Australia : results of a questionnaire survey, November 2005. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2007/30 66 p.

Abstract: To improve public awareness and preparedness for local flooding and encourage a better response to flood warnings, the New South Wales State Emergency Services are in the process of developing a comprehensive public education strategy. This report describes the results of a survey about flood perceptions and warnings undertaken in four communities in New South Wales Australia. The survey was conducted in Grafton, Narrabri, Albury and Maitland in November 2005. A total of 2000 questionnaires were delivered directly to houses in all four areas, with an overall return rate of 25%. The questionnaire included questions on: awareness, risk perception, previous exposure to flooding, information received concerning preparedness activities, information sought for preparedness purposes and the extent to which people engaged or plan to engage in preparedness activities. The results of the survey provide a baseline understanding of current issues regarding flooding for respondents in the four communities. Having a baseline survey such as this also allows for the evaluation of future flood education programmes (by way of a comparison survey), and the identification and utilisation of effective strategies for flood preparedness and warnings. (auth)