Communicating earthquake risk and building resilience in Wellington, New Zealand : results of a 2012 community survey

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McBride, S.K.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Langridge, R.M.; Brown, N.; Neely, D.P.; Becker, J.S.; Johnston, D.M.; Coomer, M.A. 2015 Communicating earthquake risk and building resilience in Wellington, New Zealand : results of a 2012 community survey. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science GNS Science report 2013/35 ii, 11 p.

Abstract: In August 2012, Wellington City Council organised a series of community briefings entitled ‘Wellington Rocks’ to discuss earthquake risk and building resilience in the city. As part of the briefings, GNS Science geologists were invited to present to members of the public recent results of the Wellington ‘It’s Our Fault’ project. Wellington City Council presented on the buildings and infrastructure in Wellington and its resilience strengthening programmes. Lastly, the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office presented on personal and community preparedness. Given the scale of the community meetings (20 in all), and the unique, multi-agency approach to the briefings format, meeting attendees were invited to complete a questionnaire to gauge the effectiveness of this kind of community engagement. Analysis of baseline survey results and a follow up survey of attendees three months later will indicate lessons from the briefings on how to inspire change behaviour amongst respondents, mainly in areas of community resilience and preparedness. (auth)