Cultural traits and attitudes to disaster preparedness


In the context of disaster preparedness participants outlined a number of perceived cultural traits, i.e. a behavioural inertia they characterised as “Maltese light-heartedness” due to living in pleasant surroundings, and resourcefulness in times of need. Whilst both of these are actually personal rather than cultural traits, they can also be seen as cultural values. Such shared cultural values could play an important role in building preparedness, i.e. by addressing them in the design of disaster-related information sources and messages to the public.

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