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New research insights for community safety

By: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Category: Community Safety, Planning & Research

  6.12 PM 17 October, 2014

Location: General

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Why do some communities and their people prepare more for bushfire threat than others? Do they treat risk more seriously? What do householders have in mind when they prepare their properties for bushfire?

These are some of the questions to be addressed by researchers at the next and final online forum in the Bushfire CRC's Research To Drive Change series at 12.30 pm next Tuesday 21 October.

The forum offers new insights on what people and their communities think and do in relation to bushfire threat. It unlocks new findings from a series of studies conducted by Bushfire CRC researchers over the past four years. The research delivers a range of valuable findings which could be used to enhance community safety, education and development initiatives.

These human behaviour insights can assist in:

  • Recognising how people and their communities are different and respond in different ways to risk and bushfire.
  • Defining and measuring bushfire preparedness from the perspective of householders and their 'goals'.
  • Explaining why some communities and their people prepare more than others.
  • Understanding why some people delay making decisions until the last minute.Learning how to help people make decisions to mitigate risk and survive.

Bushfire CRC researchers presenting at the online forum are Dr Raoul Oehmen and Dr Lies Notebaert of the University of Western, together with Assistant Professor Ilona McNeill of the University of Melbourne. The industry perspective will be provided by Damien Killalea, Director, Community Fire Safety, Tasmania Fire Service. For more information, or to register visit the Bushfire CRC website.

Last Updated: 17 October 2014