Citizen Response to Volcanic Eruptions: The Case of Mt. St. Helens

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Ardent Media, 1983 - Social Science - 145 pages
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Contents

THE VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS OF MT ST HELENS
1
The Research
3
The Hazard Perception Study
4
The Eruption Response Study
6
Overview of Contenta
9
GENERAL PERCEPTIONS OF VOLCANO HAZARD
11
Sources of Information
16
Citizen Responses
22
THE PROBLEM OF EVACUATION IN TOUTLE AND SILVERLAKE
73
Warning Belief
75
Personal Risk
78
Adaptive Plan and Family Context
82
Reasons for Evacuation
88
Evacuation Outcomes
91
ERUPTION RESPONSE IN WOODLAND
96
Warning Belief Risk and Response
97

Summary
30
HAZARD AWARENESS AND EMERGENCY PREPARDNESS
34
Nature of Eruption Information
39
Perception of Specific Threat
43
Family Emergency Planning
46
Initial Responses to the Eruption
48
First Warning Source
50
Warning Content
58
Prior Experience
64
Warning Confirmation
66
Issues in Warning Response
101
Hazard Beliefs Over Time
105
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS POLICY
111
Eruption Response Incentives
113
Perceptions of Access Restrictions
119
Summary
123
REFERENCES
126
INDEX
141
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
145
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Ronald W. Perry earned the Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Washington in 1975. He specializes in emergency management and disaster research and worked for a National Laboratory (Battelle Institute) prior to his 1983 appointment as Professor of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. He has published twenty books on different aspects of emergency preparedness and comprehensive emergency management and more than 125 referred journal articles. Dr. Perry s public service includes appointment to three National Academy of Sciences Committees (United States Emergency Preparedness, Technology in Emergency Management and Natural Disasters). He was a pro bono consultant to the President s Commission on the Reactor Accident at Three Mile Island. In Arizona, he was an original appointee to the Governor s Terrorism Task Force and still serves on the Arizona Council for Earthquake Safety. Locally, Dr. Perry serves on the Steering Committees for the Phoenix Urban Area Security Initiative, the Phoenix Metropolitan Medical Response System, the Phoenix Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team, the Phoenix Fire Department Hazardous Incident Response Team and the Arizona Task Force I: Urban Search and Rescue Team. He holds the Award for Excellence in Emergency Management from the Arizona Emergency Services Association and the Award for Outstanding Environmental Achievement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Phoenix Fire Department selected him in 2003 to receive the Pearce Memorial Award for Contributions to the Hazardous Incident Response Team.

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