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Risk Area Accuracy and Hurricane Evacuation Expectations of Coastal Residents

Publication Type : Journal Article

Source : Environment and Behavior, 2006

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Keywords : risk perception, evacuation expectations, hurricanes

Campus : Amritapuri

School : School for Sustainable Futures

Department : Sustainable Development

Year : 2006

Abstract : This study examined the accuracy with which Texas coastal residents were able to locate their residences on hurricane risk area maps provided to them. Overall, only 36% of the respondents correctly identified their risk areas and another 28% were off by one risk area. Risk area accuracy shows minimal correlations with respondents’ demographic characteristics but is negatively correlated with the respondent’s previous hurricane exposure and evacuation experience. Ultimately, risk area accuracy appears to have little significance because it is uncorrelated with evacuation expectations. Instead, the latter were related to respondents’ previous hazard experience and expected evacuation context.

Cite this Research Publication : Sudha Arlikatti, Michael K. Lindell, Carla S. Prater, Yang Zhang "Risk Area Accuracy and Hurricane Evacuation Expectations of Coastal Residents", Environment and Behavior, 2006

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