Culture as a barrier in disaster management


There are multiple and obvious examples of how culture can act as a barrier to disaster management, that can ultimately lead to greater loss of life or property. For example, some citizens might build on hazard-prone locations because they are forced to make their livelihood there; some believe their fate is “in God’s hands”; others may not respond to early warning messages because they do not trust the rule of law or cannot relate to the language or communication style of the messages. A great deal of research effort is spent on investigating how cultural factors increase risk and vulnerability.

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