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Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
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09 Nov 2017
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This discussion paper is a preprint. It is a manuscript under review for the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS).
Mapping Individual Earthquake Preparedness in China
Guochun Wu1, Ziqiang Han2, Weijin Xu1, and Yue Gong3 1Institute of Geophysics, China Earthquake Administration, Beijing, 100081, China
2Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction, Sichuan University, Chengdu, 610207, China
3China Earthquake Disaster Prevention Center, Beijing, 100000, China
Abstract. Disaster preparedness is critical for reducing potential impact. This paper contributes to current knowledge of disaster preparedness using a representative national sample data from China, which faces high earthquake risks in many areas of the country. The adoption of earthquake preparedness activities by the general public, including five material preparation, and five awareness preparation were surveyed, and 3,245 respondents from all of the 31 provinces of mainland China participated in the survey. Linear regression models and Logit regression models were used to analyze the effects of potential influencing factors. Overall, the preparedness levels are not satisfied, with a material preparation score of 3.02 (1–5), and awareness preparation score of 2.79 (1–5), nationally. Meanwhile, residents from west China where have higher earthquake risk have higher preparedness degrees. The concern of disaster risk reduction, the concern of building safety and participation in public affairs are consistent positive predictors of both material and awareness preparedness. The demographic and socioeconomic variables' effects, such as gender, age, education, income, urban/rural division, and occupied building type, vary according to different preparedness activities. Finally, the paper concludes with a discussion of the theoretical contribution and potential implementation.
Citation: Wu, G., Han, Z., Xu, W., and Gong, Y.: Mapping Individual Earthquake Preparedness in China, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss.,, in review, 2017.
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