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When There's No Home to Prepare: Understanding Natural Hazards Vulnerability Among the Homeless in Central Florida

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2013
Abstract/Description:
The current study explores the social construction of natural hazards vulnerability by examining the perceptions of emergency management personnel, homeless service providers and homeless men living in Central Florida. The matrix of vulnerability is proposed as a framework for studying disaster vulnerability, wherein vulnerability is viewed as a complex process consisting of social and physical risk, human agency and time. Using the matrix as a guiding framework, this study examines the risks that natural hazards present to the homeless living in Central Florida and the strategies used by the homeless to manage these risks. This study argues that because the homeless experience increased exposure to natural hazards coupled with potential chronic medical conditions, economic hardship, and social stigma, they are more vulnerable to natural hazards than the general population. However, this study finds that homeless men in Central Florida utilize a variety of strategies that help them manage their risks to severe and inclement weather in Central Florida.
Title: When There's No Home to Prepare: Understanding Natural Hazards Vulnerability Among the Homeless in Central Florida.
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Name(s): Settembrino, Marc, Author
Rivera, Fernando, Committee Chair
Wright, James, Committee Member
Koontz, Amanda, Committee Member
Kapucu, Naim, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The current study explores the social construction of natural hazards vulnerability by examining the perceptions of emergency management personnel, homeless service providers and homeless men living in Central Florida. The matrix of vulnerability is proposed as a framework for studying disaster vulnerability, wherein vulnerability is viewed as a complex process consisting of social and physical risk, human agency and time. Using the matrix as a guiding framework, this study examines the risks that natural hazards present to the homeless living in Central Florida and the strategies used by the homeless to manage these risks. This study argues that because the homeless experience increased exposure to natural hazards coupled with potential chronic medical conditions, economic hardship, and social stigma, they are more vulnerable to natural hazards than the general population. However, this study finds that homeless men in Central Florida utilize a variety of strategies that help them manage their risks to severe and inclement weather in Central Florida.
Identifier: CFE0004936 (IID), ucf:49618 (fedora)
Note(s): 2013-08-01
Ph.D.
Sciences, Sociology
Doctoral
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Subject(s): natural hazards -- disaster vulnerability -- homeless
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004936
Restrictions on Access: campus 2018-08-15
Host Institution: UCF

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