PERCEPŢIA HAZARDELOR NATURALE.
REZULTATELE UNUI SONDAJ DE OPINIE DESFĂŞURAT ĪN ROMĀNIA
(OCTOMBRIE 2001 - DECEMBRIE 2002)
ABSTRACT. - Natural hazard perception. The results of a survey performed in Romania, between October 2001-December 2002. Hazard perception is still used below its capacity as a disaster mitigation tool. While some nations have developed advanced techniques in hazard perception assessment, very few studies on this topic have been published in Romania. Between October 2001-December 2002, more than 100 Romanians participated in a survey that aimed primarily to propose methodological aspects to be considered in more detailed studies (1), and to observe some behavioural trends that might be useful for natural disaster mitigation (2). The questionnaire is divided into five sections, each of them having a different objective: the identification (a), the fear of natural hazards (b), the level of experience, knowledges and information (c), the involvement of authorities (d), and the availability for participation in volunteer actions (e). The results are not nation-wide significant, but they provide interesting views regarding natural hazard perception in Romania: important behavioural differences based on age and sex, a low level of risk education, quite strong confidence in authorities, availability to volunteerily help the recovery after a disaster.
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