Understanding disaster preparedness and resilience in Canterbury : results of interviews, focus groups and a questionnaire survey

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Becker, J.S. 2010 Understanding disaster preparedness and resilience in Canterbury : results of interviews, focus groups and a questionnaire survey Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2010/50 92 p.

Abstract: A study has been undertaken to attempt to understand if, and how, people make meaning of hazard and preparedness information, and how this relates to preparing for disasters. To explore this topic, 18 interviews were conducted with residents from Timaru in the Canterbury Region, New Zealand. The interviews took place between April and June, 2008, and analysis of those interviews was undertaken shortly after. This report outlines the preliminary findings of the interviews, including a discussion of key themes that arose during the analysis. To supplement the information gleaned from the interviews a series of focus groups was also conducted with three nearby townships in the Canterbury Region: Fairlie, Woodend and Methven. Additionally a questionnaire survey was also undertaken in Christchurch and wider Canterbury to collect data about disaster perceptions, preparedness and community resilience. This report will first outline the hazards facing Canterbury Region. It will then go on to discuss the methodology and results of the research work, starting with the interviews in Timaru, followed by the focus groups held in wider Canterbury, and finishing with the Canterbury preparedness survey. A discussion chapter at the end of the report will summarise the key findings encountered during this research. (auth)