College Student Disaster Risk, Fear and Preparedness

August 2008 (VOL. 26, NO. 2)

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This research examines college students’ perceived risk of tornados and earthquakes affecting their college residence and community, fear, perceived levels of disaster preparedness and preparedness actions at a Midwestern university. Using questionnaires, we collected a sample of 192 college students from a variety of majors and class ranks. We conclude that these students do know the potential likelihood and risks of tornados and earthquakes, perceive that they are prepared for tornados but not for earthquakes, and do not take many of the appropriate actions to prepare themselves.