Earthquake risk reduction behaviour in organisations

Understanding what organisations are doing to stay safe in New Zealand's seismically active environment, and what helps or hinders their earthquake risk reduction efforts.

New Zealand is ranked the second riskiest country in the world for expected loss from natural disasters.

We have to involve all of society to create a resilient New Zealand able to co-exist with our natural hazards. Organisations play a critical role in building that resilient nation. Organisations that effectively manage natural hazard risk provide safety for their employees, minimise economic losses through downtime, and are able to support community recovery by providing key services, employment, and economic stimulus.

The development of more resilient organisations aligns with New Zealand’s National Disaster Resilience Strategy, which includes economic resilience in its holistic consideration of community resilience.

How will this project make a difference?

It will help determine:

  1. Current earthquake risk reduction methods implemented within organisations.
  2. Resources utilised by organisations to inform earthquake impact reduction efforts.
  3. What helps and what hinders organisations implementation of earthquake risk reduction efforts.

The project is funded by EQC as part of the Biennial Research Funding Programme.

The project is led by Dr Tracy Hatton and Sophie Horsfall, Resilient Organisations, and supported by Dr Toni Collins, University of Canterbury, and Dave Brunsdon, Kestrel Group.

If you want to know more about the project or contribute ideas towards it, please contact:

Sophie Horsfall
+64 (0)27 610 2354
[email protected]

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