Factors Affecting Individual Readiness against Flood Occurrence in the Mountain Villages Susceptible to the Flood of Poledokhtar Township

Document Type : Research Article


1 PhD in Geography and Rural Planning, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

2 Associate Professor in Geography and Rural Planning, University of Guilan. Guilan, Iran

3 PhD Candidate in Climatology, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran


Hazard management includes all actions that can prevent adverse events, and in case of occurance, can reduce its effects and provide the necessary readiness for quick relief and improvement of the situation. The important measures of risk management is paying attention to increasing individual readiness in dealing with risks. Considering the importance of the subject, this study examines the factors affecting individual readiness against flood occurrence. The applied research uses a mixed method. The data collection tool was a questionnaire and interview. The statistical population of the study was 3861 households living in the mountain villages in the flood of the city of Poldakhtar city, from among of which of 360 households of 30 flood-affected villages were selected as samples using Cochran formula and a simple random sampling. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and binary logistic regression model. The findings of the research on the factors affecting individual readiness against flooding indicate that individually sociological issues, socioeconomic status of families, the impact of society, and adaptability with risks, respectively, have the highest role in individual readiness for floods. Investigating the requirements and actions of readiness in case of floods also showed that improving local economy, improving local infrastructure, giving credits to increase readiness, government assistance, and increasing the livelihoods of households are the most prominent requirements for increasing the readiness in the face of the flood event.

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Factors Affecting Individual Readiness against Flood Occurrence in the Mountain Villages Susceptible to the Flood of Poledokhtar Township


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  • Receive Date: 20 June 2021
  • Revise Date: 14 July 2021
  • Accept Date: 10 August 2021
  • First Publish Date: 10 August 2021