International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Earthquake Disaster Preparedness among Selected Households Living Within Earthquake Fault Line Areas in Biñan City, Laguna, Philippines
Nimfa R. Marcelo, Cecilia L. Garcia

This descriptive research looked into the level of earthquake disaster preparedness of selected households in Binan City, Laguna whose place of residence lies in earthquake fault line areas. It covered the respondents’ profile including number of family members and house structure type. It also looked into their level of preparedness before, during, and after earthquake. Results revealed that less than half of the respondents have 5-8 members of family and their house structure type was mostly wood. Moreover, the respondents have high level of preparedness before, during and after earthquake. However, the results imply that the respondents’ have the same level of preparedness during and after earthquake regardless of the number of family members. Meanwhile, those with 5-8 members are more prepared before the earthquake compared to families with 1-4 members and 9 above members. On the other hand, those whose houses were made of mostly concrete were more prepared than those with houses which are mostly made of wood or combination of wood and concrete before and after earthquake. Research findings implicate that determining the disaster preparedness of residents within earthquake fault line areas should help mitigate the massive impact of earthquake to vulnerable residents through proper education and awareness campaign.

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