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Household Preparedness for Natural Disasters in Flood-Prone Areas of Misamis Occidental, Philippines

Russel P. Galindo1 , April Farell M. Relacion 2 ,Robelyn Jane D. Dumanjug 3

Natural disasters continue to devastate lives and properties despite the tremendous and joint effort of societies all over the world. In particular, a greater percentage of the area and population in the Philippines are vulnerable to natural disasters making the country a natural disaster hot-spot. Hence, household preparedness in response to natural disasters is vital. This paper looked into the disaster preparedness of the households located in flood-prone areas in the province of Misamis Occidental. The coastal cities and towns in the province are prone to flooding while some rivers are highly susceptible to overflowing. This study employed the descriptive design and survey method. Questionnaires were administered to 631 households in a total of six identified flood-prone barangays of Ozamiz City and Oroquieta City. Results showed that disaster preparedness of households in flood-prone areas varies. Overall, the households are moderately prepared for natural disasters. However, looking into each preparedness activity, results showed that the households are less prepared on life safety and property protection, and initiation for recovery. This study may help identify vulnerability and strategies to adequately prepare the households from the adversities of floods and other natural disasters. The findings of this study may be used in policy-making to ensure that the approaches to disaster control are properly implemented.

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