Perceived Hurricane Risk and Evacuation Intention under COVID-19

Authors: Tingting Zhao*, Florida State University, Minna Jia, Florida State University, Tian Tang, Florida State University, Yanshuo Sun, Florida State University
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Medical and Health Geography
Keywords: Risk perception, evacuation, hurricane, GIS, hazard, public health
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual 7
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Hurricane evacuation decision-making is a complex process and may be influenced by many factors. Risk perception is a consistent positive predictor of evacuation; however, factors influencing risk perception were not fully understood. In this study, we examined people’s perceived hurricane risk and its influencing factors based on a household survey conducted in Florida during the 2020 hurricane season. We also investigated the relationship between people’s hurricane risk and their self-identified risk for contracting COVID-19. These risk factors were used to examine people’s hurricane evacuation intention and their preference for public shelters. Our results provide insight to emergency management officials for the preparation and actions towards future hurricanes under a pandemic situation.

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