Natural disaster assistance

Domain: 
Sustainable built and natural environments
Sub-Domain: 
Disaster vulnerability
Measure: 
The source of critical information accessed by survey respondents in an emergency
Rationale: 
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Being able to access reliable and current information is critical in a natural disaster. How this information is communicated or received is just as critical. A significant issue that has affected communities during a disaster has been inconsistent and contradictory information disseminating through the community (COAG, 2009). This can have significant impact. Emergency Services and other providers are exploring new ways of communicating and social media is at the forefront of this. In saying that, many people rely on informal sources such as friends and family to keep informed.

Data Source: 
Resilience Profiles Survey 2011
References: 
Council of Australian Governments (COAG). (2009). National Strategy for Disaster Resilience: Building our nation's resilience to disasters, accessed at: http://www.coag.gov.au/coag_meeting_outcomes/2011-02-13/docs/national_strategy_disaster_resilience.pdf
Survey Questions: 
6. On a scale from 1 ‘very unlikely’ to 5 ‘very likely’, how likely are you to get help or critical information from any of the following sources if your home was affected by a natural disaster event?; Neighbours or people in your local community; Friends or family; Your local council; The SES (132 500); Social media web sites such as Twitter or Facebook; Other internet sites


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