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Culture of preparedness: household disaster preparedness

Naim Kapucu (Department of Public Administration, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 29 August 2008




This paper aims to examine household preparedness in response to disasters and the role of non‐profit organizations in the public's preparedness.


The study uses the context of hurricane preparedness of Central Florida residents, using the mail survey method as a data collection tool.


The findings of the study emphasize the importance of household and individual preparedness in response to natural disasters, specifically to hurricanes. If individuals are not ready, then nobody is ready. The paper finds that households, even with significant experience of disasters, can be complacent in response to disasters.


The paper focuses on household preparedness and emphasizes that the emergency management community needs to make a significant effort in training households.



Kapucu, N. (2008), "Culture of preparedness: household disaster preparedness", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 17 No. 4, pp. 526-535.



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