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I will not go, I cannot go: cultural and social limitations of disaster preparedness in Asia, Africa, and Oceania

Ayeb-Karlsson, S; Kniveton, D; Cannon, T; van der Geest, K; Ahmed, I; Derrington, EM; Florano, E; (2019) I will not go, I cannot go: cultural and social limitations of disaster preparedness in Asia, Africa, and Oceania. Disasters , 43 (4) pp. 752-770. 10.1111/disa.12404. Green open access

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Abstract

While much work has been invested in addressing the economic and technical basis of disaster preparedness, less effort has been directed towards understanding the cultural and social obstacles to and opportunities for disaster risk reduction. This paper presents local insights from five different national settings into the cultural and social contexts of disaster preparedness. In most cases, an early warning system was in place, but it failed to alert people to diverse environmental shocks. The research findings show that despite geographical and typological differences in these locations, the limitations of the systems were fairly similar. In Kenya, people received warnings, but from contradictory systems, whereas in the Philippines and on the island of Saipan, people did not understand the messages or take them seriously. In Bangladesh and Nepal, however, a deeper cultural and religious reasoning serves to explain disasters, and how to prevent them or find safety when they strike.

Type: Article
Title: I will not go, I cannot go: cultural and social limitations of disaster preparedness in Asia, Africa, and Oceania
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/disa.12404
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/disa.12404
Language: English
Additional information: © 2019 The Authors. Disasters published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Overseas Development Institute This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: cultural and social attitudes, decision-making, disaster risk reduction, early warning system, evacuation, immobility, loss and damage, religious beliefs, risk perception
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10141518
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