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Publication: How to increase earthquake and home fire preparedness: the "fix-it" intervention

2 September 2016

Earthquake damage in Seattle, WA, USA.

Preparing for the threat of an earthquake and preparing for the threat of a pandemic have some similarities. Interventions to increase preparedness are even more alike, a fact that led to Dr Henry Potts of the UCL Institute of Health Informatics becoming involved in a project on fire and earthquake preparedness.

Building on his previous work on public health threats (see Rubin et al., 2015), Henry joined the team at the UCL Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology that developed fix-it, a community intervention to increase earthquake and fire preparedness.

The team's first paper, now published, shows how behaviour was changed in a study in Seattle and discusses how community interventions in natural hazards preparedness can be better evaluated. Data from a  second study site, Izmir in Turkey, are forthcoming.

Full text online: Joffe H, Perez-Fuentes G, Potts HWW, Rossetto T (2016). How to increase earthquake and home fire preparedness: the fix-it intervention. Natural Hazards. doi: 10.1007/s11069-016-2528-1.

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