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Citation

Cvetković VM, Roder G, Öcal A, Tarolli P, Dragićević S. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018; 15(12): e15122761.

Affiliation

Faculty of Geography, University of Belgrade, Studentski Trg 3/III, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia. sasa@gef.bg.ac.rs.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2018, MDPI: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)

DOI

10.3390/ijerph15122761

PMID

30563234

Abstract

Adverse outcomes from 2014 flooding in Serbia indicated problematic response phase management accentuated by a gender imbalance. For this reason, we investigated the risk perceptions and preparedness of women and men regarding these types of events in Serbia. Face-to-face interviews, administered to 2500 participants, were conducted across 19 of 191 municipalities. In light of the current findings, men seemed to be more confident in their abilities to cope with flooding, perceiving greater individual and household preparedness. By contrast, women displayed a deeper understanding of these events. Perhaps owing to a deeper level of understanding, women demonstrated more household-caring attitudes and behaviors and were more prone to report a willingness to help flood victims at reception centers. Emergency management agencies and land planners should account for these differences in gender awareness and preparedness. Based on these findings, doing so may increase citizen participation and shared responsibility under flood hazard scenarios.


Language: en

Keywords

Serbia; flood risk; gender; perception; preparedness

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