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The role of “not for profits” (NFPs) in disaster preparedness in Aotearoa New Zealand

Sharon Torstonson (Joint Centre for Disaster Research, School of Psychology, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand)
Denise Blake (Joint Centre for Disaster Research, School of Psychology, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand)
Darrin Hodgetts (School of Psychology, Massey University, Albany, New Zealand)
David M. Johnston (Joint Centre for Disaster Research, School of Psychology, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 12 January 2021

Issue publication date: 8 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to highlight the role of not-for-profit (NFP) organisations in enhancing disaster preparedness. The authors set out to understand their perspectives and practices in regard to disaster preparedness activities to support people who live precarious lives, especially those who live as single parents who are the least prepared for disasters.

Design/methodology/approach

The research draws on in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 12 staff members, either in a group setting or individually, from seven NFP organisations, who were located in Ōtautahi (Christchurch) and Kaiapoi in Aotearoa New Zealand. These participants were interviewed eight years after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

Findings

Four key narrative tropes or elements were drawn from across the interviews and were used to structure the research results. These included: “essential” support services for people living precarious lives; assisting people to be prepared; potential to support preparedness with the right materials and relationships; resourcing to supply emergency goods.

Originality/value

This research contributes to disaster risk reduction practices by advocating for ongoing resourcing of NFP groups due to their ability to build a sense of community and trust while working with precarious communities, such as single parents.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the following funding sources in undertaking this research: Massey University, Resilience to Nature's Challenges National Science Challenge and QuakeCore.Funding: This project was partially supported by Te Hiranga Rū QuakeCoRE, a New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission-funded Centre and the National Science Challenges: Resilience to Nature’s Challenges Kia manawaroa - Ngā Ākina o Te Ao.

Citation

Torstonson, S., Blake, D., Hodgetts, D. and Johnston, D.M. (2021), "The role of “not for profits” (NFPs) in disaster preparedness in Aotearoa New Zealand", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 30 No. 3, pp. 384-399. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-10-2020-0332

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