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Anticipated behavioural response patterns to an earthquake: The role of a personal and household characteristics, risk perception, previous experience and preparedness
This study surveyed expected behavioral strategies among residents of a high vulnerability earthquake risk area in Israel and assessed factors that could influence their behavior. The results demonstrate that residents with low socioeconomic status are more vulnerable. Several personal and socioeconomic characteristics are associated with residents’ expected behavior. Levels of earthquake preparedness and dwelling type are significant predictors of choice of a recommended behavioral strategy. The implications of these results and possible ways to improve preparedness are discussed.
Earthquakes pose a serious threat to human health and well-being. The interaction between human-related factors such as choice of protective behavioral strategy, on one hand, and the built environment, on the other, may exacerbate or mitigate the aftermath of a given quake event.