Socioeconomics and emergency preparedness : a collective case study of low-income residents in London, Ontario
Goodyear, Perron Scott
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Although researchers recognize social and economic factors as significant indicators of disaster impacts, current emergency preparedness planning still regularly focuses on the average resident. Emergency preparedness initiatives often fail to include vulnerable populations, and studies show that those classified as part of the low socioeconomic demographic remain disproportionally affected by disasters. This collective case study aims to determine why and how socioeconomic status affects emergency preparedness efforts for socioeconomically disadvantaged households in London, Ontario. Three distinct areas of emergency preparedness - preparedness communication, planning, resources - were covered in interviews. In addition, the information collected related to how each participant would describe their financial situation. This analysis should help disaster and emergency management professionals develop strategies to increase emergency preparedness for low socioeconomic status populations.
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