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CORNELL-What do older people's life experiences tell us-ID1243-IDRC2014_b

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5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice 24-28 August 2014 in Davos, Switzerland

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CORNELL-What do older people's life experiences tell us-ID1243-IDRC2014_b

  1. 1. What do older people’s life experiences tell us about emergency preparedness? Victoria Cornell, South Australian Fire and Emergency 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Services Commission, ex-Flinders University Paul Arbon, Flinders University Lynette Cusack, University of Adelaide
  2. 2. 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Study Rationale • Ageing population • Warming climate • Changing risk profiles – highly interdependent world • Older people considered to be vulnerable to disasters • However, often not engaged in disaster research directly • Little research on older people living in their own homes • What does it mean to older people, to be prepared?
  3. 3. 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Method • Qualitative, interpretive study • Eleven older people • Aged 77 to 90 years old • Semi structured interviews • Thematic analysis
  4. 4. 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Findings • Understanding my world – Events experienced – Temporal and private nature of events – Physical and mental strength • Shrinking my world – Shrinking social world – Shrinking engagement with others • Accepting my world – Greater dependence on others – Sharing time
  5. 5. Added value for the Post 2015 Framework for 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Disaster Risk Reduction • How did your work support the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action: – fostered and elicited community participation, education and knowledge gained from and within community members. The research has – enhanced relations locally, between aged care providers, community groups and government agencies, facilitating a broader disaster preparedness dialogue. • From your perspective what are the main gaps, needs and further steps to be addressed in the Post 2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in – Research: perspectives and beliefs of vulnerable populations – Education & Training: building capacity at the local government and community level to prepare for and manage risks – Implementation & Practice: a broader view should be embraced that considers a greater range of disaster risk including more ‘everyday’ concerns such as low income, financial and health – Policy: to be informed by research, not assumptions
  6. 6. 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Conclusion • Being prepared is a process, not a one-off activity • Many emergency event types influence meaning • Accept limitations, but don’t feel vulnerable • Feel mentally able to cope
  7. 7. 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Thank you

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