Little published detail exists regarding the range of natural hazards impacts experienced at the community level in Fiji, how these impacts interact and the cost (economic, environmental and social) they have. Impact assessments provide useful information to decision makers in all sectors, and enable them to make informed decisions regarding land-use planning, infrastructure planning and preparation for medical response. The availability of such information at a community level allows for detailed planning and can also encourage community ownership of hazard mitigation. Unfortunately, a lack of available methods to conduct such assessments hinders natural hazard planning. This paper outlines the methods to be employed in a PhD study currently underway to investigate the impacts of one natural hazard (tropical cyclones) in communities in Fiji. Methods include: interviews with members of affected communities to identify impacts; a questionnaire survey to determine the prioritisation of these impacts; and, interviews with government officials and other organisations involved in disaster management or response to collect existing data on impacts. The methods described here and the resulting data will contribute to the wider study to enhance understanding of natural hazard impacts in the communities affected. This understanding will then be used to develop processes to identify and measure impacts which can be employed before a disaster to highlight vulnerabilities (and focus mitigation), and after a disaster to direct response.
|Title of host publication||Planning for natural hazards|
|Subtitle of host publication||how can we mitigate the impacts?|
|Editors||R. John Morrison, Sandra Quin, Edward A. Bryant|
|Place of Publication||Wollongong, NSW|
|Publisher||GeoQuEST Research Centre|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
|Event||Planning for natural hazards : how can we mitigate the impacts? - Wollongong, NSW|
Duration: 2 Feb 2005 → 5 Feb 2005
|Conference||Planning for natural hazards : how can we mitigate the impacts?|
|Period||2/02/05 → 5/02/05|
Méheux, K., & Lloyd, K. (2005). Developing methods to measure the impacts of tropical cyclones in communities in Fiji. In R. J. Morrison, S. Quin, & E. A. Bryant (Eds.), Planning for natural hazards: how can we mitigate the impacts? (pp. 177-187). Wollongong, NSW: GeoQuEST Research Centre.