Pre-Disaster – Preparation is key
December 9, 2019

Pre-Disaster – Preparation is key

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Who is responsible for preparing you for disaster?

The more people believe:

The responsibility lies with OTHERS


They personally lack the abilities to deal with these situations

=  They will be less likely to take responsibility for their own disaster preparation.

🥥 Corwin, KA., Brand, BD., Hubbard, ML., & Johnston, DM. (2017). Household preparedness motivation in lahar hazard zones: assessing the adoption of preparedness behaviors among laypeople and response professionals in communities downstream from Mount Baker and Glacier Peak (USA) volcanoes. Journal of Applied Volcanology. 6(1).

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Who is left behind in disasters?

🌴 Interesting Facts: Did you know that disaster first responders have been shown to judge which survivors they will save or leave behind based on their size and weight?

🥥Gray L. Social Determinants of Health, Disaster Vulnerability, Severe and Morbid Obesity in adults: Triple Jeopardy? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2017. 14, 1452.

AND that not much planning has been done in the disaster space to help reduce these unfair judgement calls?

🥥Gray L, MacDonald C. Morbid Obesity in Disasters: Bringing the “Conspicuously Invisible” into Focus. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2016. 13(10):1029.

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How does the hospitality sector believe their industry can build up resilience?

Looking at the different approaches hotels take to preparing for disasters, this research paper opens your eyes to the layers of planning that goes into evacuation plans, recovery processes and keeping hotels afloat.

🥥Brown, N. A., Rovins, J. E., Feldmann-Jensen, S., Orchiston, C., & Johnston, D. (2017). Exploring disaster resilience within the hotel sector: A systematic review of literature. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 22, 362-370.

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How has living in a constant state of uncertainty affected communities living in disaster zones?

Imagine everyday life in a disaster zone, with no assurance of safety or stability. Explore a day in the life of these communities and how a constant state of uncertainty affects they deal with disasters.

🥥Sword-Daniels, V., Eriksen, C., Hudson-Doyle, EE., Alaniz, R., Adler, C., Schenk, T., ... Vallance, S. (2016). Embodied uncertainty: living with complexity and natural hazards. Journal of Risk Research. , 1-18.

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DISASTER MANAGEMENT: the Pacific today v. the Pacific before colonisation

It’s easy to forget that our ancestors were resilient and had been thriving well before European contact. Their ways of navigating disasters would soon change though as outside ‘support’ began to take hold.

🥥Campbell, J. (2010). An overview of natural hazard planning in the Pacific island region.

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Do you remember the 2009 Tsunami in Samoa, and Cyclone Gita which hit Tonga in 2018?

This article looks at the role Samoan culture played in the disaster response to the tsunami, how important it was to make culturally informed decisions and how social entrepreneurship continues to play a role in Tonga.

“As children of Samoa (whether born in Samoa or not, made little difference), all Samoans during the disaster heeded the call and responded collectively to the immediate needs. The advantage came in the ability as Samoans to understand local cultural protocols and thereby respond appropriately to the immediate needs”

“In our experience, during Cyclone Gita, the Tupu’anga Café/factory provided a place for refreshment (coffee and food), talanoa (organic and robust dialogue) and generations of new collaborations during disaster response and recovery. Joining together to find ways to support each other during a critical time of need, as children were not in school and workplaces had not returned to normal rhythms, was our own Tongan-indigenous ways of resilience”

🥥Alefaio-Tugia, S., Afeaki-Mafile'o, E., & Satele, P. (2019). Pacific-indigenous community village resilience in disasters. In Pacific Social Work: Navigating Practice, Policy and Research. (pp. 68 - 78).

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