Teaching disaster preparedness via a mobile device: a study of Auckland Civil Defence's Smartphone Application
1University of Oklahoma, College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Norman, OK, USA †deceased
Received: 17 May 2015 – Accepted for review: 21 Jun 2015 – Discussion started: 03 Aug 2015
Abstract. This content analysis study examined whether a disaster preparedness education smartphone application created by a New Zealand city matches what experts say are effective ways of teaching disaster preparedness and teaching via an app. The app was assessed to ascertain if it excelled as a platform for learning, communicated effectively, addressed factors that can hinder people from preparing, and provided information for special needs populations. Results show that the app addressed most factors that hinder preparedness, provided information for some special needs populations, excelled as a platform for learning, and communicated effectively. The app's weaknesses include the fact that it lacked targeted information for low-income residents. The findings provide insight on how organizations can effectively use apps to teach disaster preparedness.
The author passed away before the publication of this discussion paper. Therefore, a final revised paper is not foreseen.
Kulemeka, O.: Teaching disaster preparedness via a mobile device: a study of Auckland Civil Defence's Smartphone Application, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., 3, 4555-4583, doi:10.5194/nhessd-3-4555-2015, 2015.