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Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhessd-3-4555-2015
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03 Aug 2015
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Teaching disaster preparedness via a mobile device: a study of Auckland Civil Defence's Smartphone Application
O. Kulemeka 1University of Oklahoma, College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Norman, OK, USA
deceased
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.


Citation: Kulemeka, O.: Teaching disaster preparedness via a mobile device: a study of Auckland Civil Defence's Smartphone Application, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/nhessd-3-4555-2015, in review, 2015.
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This study of a New Zealand city's disaster preparedness smartphone application aimed to ascertain if it matched what experts say are effective ways of teaching disaster preparedness and teaching via an app. Results show that the app addressed most factors that hinder preparedness, excelled as a platform for learning, and communicated effectively. Weaknesses include the fact that it lacked targeted information for low-income people. The study shows how apps can assist with disaster education.
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