Understanding Individual Disaster Preparedness in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: A Case of Rio Grande Valley, Texas

Authors: Dean Kyne*, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Hazards and Vulnerability, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Hurricane Harvey, Disaster Preparedness, Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon D1, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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Effectively managing disaster requires concerted efforts by key stakeholders, namely, public (individuals), governments, non-governments, researchers, practitioners, and media in carrying out activities in mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. In fact, the disaster preparedness by individuals is imperative in order to achieve the ultimate goal of minimizing damages and casualties as well as saving lives from a natural disaster. This study attempts to understand the individual disaster preparedness in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Rio Grande Valley, an area being prone to hurricane disasters. An online survey research tool is utilized to gather data from individuals living. The study constructs a model that explains factors that influence the individual disaster preparedness in the valley. Based on the findings, the study generates recommendations to encourage individual disaster preparedness.

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