Help with bush­fire study

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

RE­SEARCHERS at the Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia would like to talk to peo­ple who live in ar­eas of high bush­fire risk and ask if they are fi­nan­cially pro­tected in the event of a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter.

It is part of a na­tional re­search pro­ject called “When Dis­as­ter Strikes: Ge­ogra­phies of house and con­tents in­surance”. The aim is to de­liver in­for­ma­tion for res­i­dents in high bush­fire risk ar­eas, and help in bush­fire pre­pared­ness and re­cov­ery, in­clud­ing the re­duc­tion of the per­sonal, so­cial and fi­nan­cial im­pacts of fires.

UTAS re­searchers want to find out what mo­ti­vates peo­ple to live in ar­eas of high risk, and what in­flu­ences their choices about how they pro­tect them­selves against fi­nan­cial loss in the event of a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter. Con­tri­bu­tions will pro­vide a greater un­der­stand­ing of the per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences and fac­tors in­form­ing householder de­ci­sion-mak­ing in risky ar­eas.

For more de­tails, call Kate Booth on 6226 5708 or email M.F.McGarry@utas.edu .au

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