Experiences of sheltering during the Black Saturday bushfires

Experiences of sheltering during the Black Saturday bushfires

International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

Implications for policy and research

“More than half of those who died in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia, were sheltering inside a house at the time of their death. This marks a shift in bushfire fatality trends, which previously saw most fatalities occurring outside while residents attempted to protect assets or evacuate. This paper presents findings from research that examined people’s experiences of sheltering in and exiting houses, sheds, personal shelters and other structures on Black Saturday.”

Source: Whittaker, J., Blanchi, R., Haynes, K., Leonard, J., & Opie, K. (2017). International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, and available from this link (subscription journal).

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