Volume No. 13 Issue No.: 1 Page No.: 1-6 July-September 2018

 

FACTORS GOVERNING PRACTICE OF DISASTER PREPAREDNESS BEHAVIOR AMONGST THE INHABITANTS OF BARUNPARA IN SOUTH WEST COASTAL REGION, BANGLADESH

 

Islam M. S.* and Rahman M. M.

Environmental Science Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna, (BANGLADESH)

 

Received on : December 29, 2017

 

ABSTRACT

 

Bangladesh is vulnerable to natural disaster especially cyclone, river-erosion, flood and now-adays the increased rate of salinity especially in south west coastal belt. Disaster preparedness behaviors (DPB) are measures that can mitigate the adverse effect of disasters and its health issues. Demographic factors affect DPB. By understanding these effects it could be designed interventions toward specific demographics. In the present study, we aimed to investigate demographic determinants of Disaster Preparedness Behavior. This cross sectional survey was conducted in February 2017. The target population included inhabitants of Barunpara of Bhatiaghata Upazila, Khulna, Bangladesh who were household head or responsible person,18 years or older. A total 120 participants were selected randomly with stratification and interviewed using a standardized questionnaire. Results of this study showed that monthly income level, occupation, education age and gender are demographic determinants that influence DPB significantly. However, in respect of disaster preparedness sex, education and occupation govern the factors of practice mostly here. Income and age was governed as fewer factors here. Above all, it can be said that demographic determinants governs as practices of factors for disaster preparedness. To promote DPB, it should be focused on different determinants especially in those who are not aware regarding the vulnerability of natural disaster.

 

Keywords : Disaster, Disaster Preparedness behavior, Demographic determinants, Practice, Vulnerability

 

 

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