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After the Tornado: An Exploration of Capacity and Vulnerability on Community Engagement in Goderich

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Title: After the Tornado: An Exploration of Capacity and Vulnerability on Community Engagement in Goderich
Author: Laycock, Katherine
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Capacity Development and Extension
Advisor: Mahone, James
Abstract: This thesis is an investigation of the multi-dimensional impact of disaster on community engagement with respect to capacity and vulnerability factors. The historic community of Goderich, Ontario, ravaged by an F3 tornado August 21, 2011, was the study population. A mixed-methods approach utilizing surveys, semi-structured interviews, and key informant interviews was employed in an effort to yield a more confident set of data and help facilitate understanding. Testing results revealed that the community was very aware of its capacities and vulnerabilities and utilized the disaster situation to affect positive change in these conditions. However, disaster itself was only found to stimulate engagement patterns in its immediate aftermath. Therefore, while disaster does not adversely affect community engagement, it also does not encourage sustained engagement activity. It does, however, stimulate extended associations of connection to the community, which may hold the key to long-term engagement motivation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/6550
Date: 2013-03


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