Disaster evacuation: An exploratory study of older men and women in Georgia and North Carolina

Marlene M. Rosenkoetter, Eleanor Krassen Covan, Sheila Bunting, Brenda K. Cobb, Elizabeth Fugate-Whitlock

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Abstract

This article describes an exploratory study designed to compare the characteristics, evacuation beliefs, risk factors, and health problems of older adults living in two Georgia counties and three North Carolina counties regarding willingness to evacuate in the event of a natural disaster. More than 75% of men and women in this study listened to news about Hurricane Katrina, yet one third of the men said that they may or would not evacuate. In this study, being influenced by the outcomes of Hurricane Katrina and belief in following the advice of county officials were the only two statistically significant predictors of evacuation tendency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-54
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Gerontological Nursing
Volume33
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Gerontology

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