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Vivien How

Senior Lecturer, Universiti Putra Malaysia


This research designed a prototype of school-based flood preparedness and response learning kit by Integrating flood preparedness miniature and interactive E-learning. This kit was designed such that student get to experiences simulated flood scenario, as well as enhance two-way learning among facilitator and children. A positive knowledge transfer was shown among school children and positive feedback was received among school teacher who was taught to teach the student with the designed learning kit.


Assessing preparedness of small businesses for hurricane disasters: Analysis of pre-disaster owner, business and location characteristics

Abstract: Management decisions owners make to prepare their small businesses for hurricane events are strategic decisions that can affect the sustainability of their businesses. Therefore, there is value in understanding who prepares, what they do to protect their businesses, and in predicting these decisions from known demographics such as race, gender and business size. This study characterized the owners and businesses that did or did not undertake hurricane preparations and suggests education and policy strategies to assist these business owners. Small business owners in southern Mississippi participated in telephone interviews that provided data for the logit analyses in this study. The preparedness activities most practiced were risk transfer and structural mitigation. The least practiced activities were those related to protection of business operations and non-structural assets. Whether or not the business was located in a coastal county subject to surge highly predicted the use of certain types of preparation. Results demonstrate that preparation activities varied depending on the situation of the business (e.g. size, prior experience with disasters, property ownership) and characteristics of the owner (e.g. gender and education). However, differing threats to the business related to location (e.g. surge prone or not) and factors such as mandated insurance, local zoning, and commercial versus home-based locations were important influences.

Pub.: 06 Apr '17, Pinned: 30 Jun '17