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Using community education interventions to build resilience and avert crises: how accidental dwelling fires decreased in Essex County, UK

Yannitell Reinhardt, Gina and Chatsiou, Kakia (2019) 'Using community education interventions to build resilience and avert crises: how accidental dwelling fires decreased in Essex County, UK.' Local Government Studies. ISSN 0300-3930

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Abstract

Can public administrators use community education interventions in disaster management? We examine community education interventions as tools that raise awareness of hazards, communicate risks, and develop resilience in communities. We study a programme in Essex County, UK, in which Essex County Fire and Rescue Services used the results of proportional hazards modelling to identify localities at risk of accidental dwelling fires and to target community education interventions. We then assess the intervention’s impact by comparing the incidence of accidental dwelling fires before and after the Parish Safety Volunteer programme began, as well as between treated and untreated areas, in a difference-in-difference regression. We find that there are greater reductions in accidental dwelling fires in treated areas than in untreated areas, and argue that community education interventions can forge vital networks and increase safety for vulnerable people, as well as build trust and resilience important for disaster and crisis prevention.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Resilience, community education intervention, proportional hazards modelling, difference-in-difference, fire safety, impact evaluation
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2019 12:54
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2019 12:54
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24019

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