Attitudes and Trust in Leveraging Integrated Sociotechnical Systems for Enhancing Community Adaptive Capacity

This project explores relationships between social attitudes and community-scale disaster preparedness. Specifically, the project team is interested in respondents’ knowledge of local resources and their willingness to share their own resources with others. The team reports on data gathered from a pilot sample survey focused on community resilience in an earthquake scenario that was implemented in a Seattle, WA neighborhood. The project team finds that respondents’ willingness to share resources also depends upon the nature of their social ties to those in need. The project team looks specifically at access to health care services via different modes of transportation to better understand how people’s means of seeking health care might change in a disaster scenario. Findings relevant to transportation planning include general uncertainty among respondents about what transportation options might be available in the event of a disaster such as an earthquake, and few respondents were prepared with alternative transportation options. This information could be used by municipalities and transit agencies to help inform community outreach and education efforts relevant to disaster planning. The project team seeks to implement the survey more broadly across the Pacific Northwest in order to help inform resource matching for disaster preparedness at a range of scales.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $220000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Teaching Old Models New Tricks

    Arizona State University
    Tempe, AZ  United States  85287
  • Project Managers:

    Pendyala, Ram

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Washington, Seattle

    Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
    201 More Hall, Box 352700
    Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700
  • Principal Investigators:

    Chen, Cynthia

  • Start Date: 20191001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210630
  • Actual Completion Date: 20210630
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01765206
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Teaching Old Models New Tricks
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747116
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 21 2021 2:57PM