Study: Israel's Haredi community grossly ill-prepared for earthquakes

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Israel Haymon

Researchers from the Jerusalem College of Technology and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem point to a complex effect of Haredi religious beliefs and worldviews on disaster readiness.

Only 6% of Israel's Haredi community describes itself as having ever prepared for an earthquake, according to a new survey conducted by researchers from the Jerusalem College of Technology and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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The findings point to a complex effect of Haredi religious beliefs and worldviews on disaster preparedness. While many expressed fatalistic attitudes, most respondents believed that there is a religious obligation to prepare for a disaster.

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The study points to various factors that the researchers say have an adverse effect on the Haredi public's level of preparedness, including technological disparities, low exposure to media outlets where the instructions are published, the insularity of educational institutions, suspicion toward state authorities, and low socioeconomic status. However, the strong social capital in Haredi society can be leveraged to improve its level of preparedness and its functioning in times of emergency.

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