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Factors Associated With Individual Emergency Preparedness Behaviors: A Cross-Sectional Survey Among the Public in Three Chinese Provinces

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posted on 2021-07-02, 05:15 authored by N Ning, M Hu, J Qiao, Chaojie LiuChaojie Liu, Xiaowen ZHAOXiaowen ZHAO, W Xu, B Zheng, Z Chen, Y Yu, Yanhua HaoYanhua Hao, Qunhong WuQunhong Wu
Introduction: This study aimed to identify factors associated with individual emergency preparedness behaviors which play an important role in effective emergency response. Methods: Data were drawn from a cross-sectional survey conducted in China's Heilongjiang, Guangdong and Sichuan provinces in 2017. Questionnaires were administered through face-to-face interviews, and 2,506 were valid for data analyses. A structural equation model was established to test the direct and indirect effects of the relevant factors on individual emergency preparedness behaviors. Results: Low levels of emergency preparedness were found: 28% of respondents reported being fully/partly prepared. The attitudes of the respondents toward emergency preparedness had the strongest association with emergency preparedness behaviors, with a total effect of 0.483. This was followed by self-efficacy (0.305) and training/exercise (0.295). Risk perception had the weakest effect (0.045) on emergency preparedness behaviors. Discussion: Improving attitudes of the public as well as their ability to prepare for emergency events is important for effective emergency management.


This research was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (71874044, 71473065, 71673072).


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Frontiers in Public Health



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ARTN 644421







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