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

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dc.contributor.advisor Mahone, James Laycock, Katherine 2013-04-22T13:42:50Z 2013-04-22T13:42:50Z 2013-03 2013-04-02 2013-04-22
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject adaptive resilience en_US
dc.subject capacity en_US
dc.subject capacity and vulnerability analysis en_US
dc.subject communication en_US
dc.subject community awareness en_US
dc.subject community engagement en_US
dc.subject life cycles en_US
dc.subject mitigation en_US
dc.subject natural disasters en_US
dc.subject social capital en_US
dc.subject social networks en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject tornadoes en_US
dc.subject vulnerability en_US
dc.title After the Tornado: An Exploration of Capacity and Vulnerability on Community Engagement in Goderich en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Capacity Development and Extension en_US Master of Science en_US School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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