Flood risk perceptions, education and warning in four communities in New South Wales, Australia : data report for a follow-up questionnaire, September 2007

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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 : data report for a follow-up questionnaire, September 2007. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2007/31 57 p.

Abstract: In November 2005 a questionnaire survey was conducted to collect data about flood perceptions, preparedness and warnings in the communities of Grafton, Narrabri, Albury and Maitland in New South Wales, Australia. The results of the 2005 questionnaire survey are described in Becker et al. (2007). This report presents the results of a follow-up survey undertaken in September 2007 for the same four communities. A total of 2000 questionnaires were delivered to households first surveyed in 2005. The survey 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 this survey are part of an ongoing programme which measures changes in preparedness, and response to warnings. Having a programme such as this allows for the ongoing evaluation of flood education programmes (by way of a comparison survey), and for the identification and utilisation of effective strategies for flood preparedness and warnings. (auth)