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This paper revolves around the case study of Hurricane Katrina, identify themes related to perceived susceptibility under confidence based on experience with previous hurricane and optimism about the outcome, and religious faith that attenuated their perception of their susceptibility to the hurricane’s adverse impact.
Perceived Susceptibility to Hurricane Katrina Themes related to perceived susceptibility could be identified under 2 constructs: confidence based on experience with previous hurricane and optimism about the outcome, and religious faith that attenuated their perception of their susceptibility to the hurricane’s adverse impact. Optimism About Outcome. Typical quotations on these themes were as follows: “Course it’s always been that way with us. I have stayed through many storms, even through Hurricane Betsy. But the storm would come through, we have our flood and get back on track.” Additionally, “If I survived Hurricane Betsy, I can survive that one, too. We all ride the hurricanes, you know.”…..
mandatory evacuation orders and confusing recommendations from different authorities. Many mentioned the inconsistent evacuation recommendations from the mayor and governor. These factors appeared to have attenuated residents’ perception of the severity of the problem and impacted evacuation decisions. “The mayor did not say it was a mandatory evacuation at first. One or two days before the hurricane hit, he said it was mandatory. It was too late then.” “They didn’t give us no warning. . . . When they said leave, it was already too late.” “After [the] levees broke the mayor said mandatory evacuation, before then he was not saying mandatory evacuation.” “Governor said on TV, you didn’t want to go, you didn’t have to go, cause it was no threat to us, she said.” Perceived Barriers to Action Financial Barriers to Action. One barrier to evacuation was financial: being of low socioeconomic status and having little cash on hand. This barrier reflected in 2 subareas:…..