Impact of the 2010-11 floods and the factors that inhibit and enable household adaptation strategies
In the flood affected communities of Brisbane, Emerald (QLD) and Donald (VIC) there are a greater number of factors inhibit adaptation to flooding adaptive behaviour. Despite this, the study did show resilient communities getting on with their lives and largely driving recovery themselves. The results provide valuable information on how to reduce people’s vulnerability to flood prior to, during and after an event. The main factors identified as crucial in building or inhibiting adaptive capacity were: direct experience; outcome expectancy; methods of communication and availability of information; governance and physical protection; uncertainty surrounding insurance; financial restraint and relief assistance; housing design and construction; personal health and wellbeing, options for relocation; and, positive and negatives aspects of volunteerism as well as community initiatives. Information was gathered from: (1) households in flood affected areas and (2) local and state government institutions and authorities that provide services to the community. A companion factsheet to this report can be found here.
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