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dc.contributor.authorEgbelakin, TKen_US
dc.contributor.authorRabel, Pen_US
dc.contributor.authorWilkinson, Sen_US
dc.contributor.authorIngham, Jen_US
dc.contributor.authorEziaku, Ren_US
dc.contributor.editorSaari, Aen_US
dc.contributor.editorHuovinen, Pen_US
dc.coverage.spatialTampere, Finland,en_US
dc.date.available2016-05-25en_US
dc.date.issued2016-05-25en_US
dc.identifierhttps://tutcris.tut.fi/portal/files/6186903/WBC16_Vol_3.pdfen_US
dc.identifier.citationProceedings of the CIB World Building Congress 2016, 2016, 3 (1), pp. 702 - 714 (12)en_US
dc.description.abstractEarthquakes are low probability, high consequence events which are known to cause significant damage. Small to medium-sized enterprises (SBEs) are particularly vulnerable to impacts arising from such disasters, including: business disruption, employee health and safety, financial strain, or even total loss of business. Owners of these SBEs can make a few key decisions to prepare their businesses for an earthquake, in order to ensure business continuity and the well-being of their employees. This study sought to examine the level of earthquake preparedness of SBEs located in high seismic risk regions by examining the extent of mitigation measures adopted five years post the Canterbury earthquake disaster. Using a mixed-methods research approach, combining both qualitative and quantitative data, the research findings revealed that a majority of SBEs operating in regions of high vulnerability to disaster are underprepared for a potential earthquake disaster, despite the general increased awareness of earthquake risks in New Zealand. Cost, time, insurance processes, and access to disaster mitigation information, were identified to be the most important and constraining factors in the overall decision-making process. The research findings will provide strategies to local authorities on how to assist SBEs in making better informed preparedness decisions, ultimately improving their resilience to earthquakes, and thus improving the resilience of the New Zealand community as a whole.en_US
dc.format.extent702 - 714 (12)en_US
dc.publisherTampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finlanden_US
dc.sourceCIB World Building Congress (WBCIB) 2016en_US
dc.subjectSmall business enterprises (SBEs),en_US
dc.subjectEarthquakeen_US
dc.subjectPreparedness initiativesen_US
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_US
dc.titleHow prepared are small businesses for another earthquake disaster in New Zealand?en_US
dc.typeConference Paper
dc.citation.volume3en_US
dc.rights.holderThe Author(s)
dc.date.finish-date2016-06-03en_US
dc.date.start-date2016-05-30en_US
dc.description.confidentialfalseen_US
dc.identifier.elements-id270645
dc.relation.isPartOfProceedings of the CIB World Building Congress 2016en_US
dc.citation.issue1en_US
dc.description.publication-statusPublished onlineen_US
dc.description.place-of-publicationDepartment of Civil Engineering, Tampere University of Technology; Tampere, Finland,en_US
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University/College of Sciences
dc.identifier.harvestedMassey_Dark
pubs.notesNot knownen_US
dc.publisher.urihttps://tutcris.tut.fi/portal/files/6186903/WBC16_Vol_3.pdfen_US


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