4818.5 - Community Preparedness for Emergencies, Oct 2007  
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1 This publication contains results from the Western Australia (WA) Community Preparedness for Emergencies Survey, conducted throughout WA during the two weeks commencing Monday, 9 October 2007.

2 The survey was conducted as a supplement to the ABS Monthly Population Survey (MPS). The MPS is based on a multi-stage area sample of private dwellings and a list sample of special dwellings (hotels, motels, hospitals, prisons, short-stay caravan parks, etc.). Persons living in special dwellings were excluded from the scope of this survey. Information is obtained from the occupants of the selected dwellings by specially trained interviewers. For details of the design, scope and coverage of the MPS, users should refer to any recent edition of the ABS publication, Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) or the November 2002 edition of Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design (cat. no. 6269.0).


3 The WA Community Preparedness for Emergencies Survey was conducted on a subset of the full sample of private dwellings in WA that were included in the MPS. The survey covered all persons who were usual residents of private dwellings except:

  • members of the Australian permanent defence forces
  • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from censuses and surveys
  • overseas residents in Australia
  • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependents) stationed in Australia
  • persons living in sparsely settled areas of WA.

4 Information was collected by either face to face or telephone interview from one responsible adult per household. This adult answered questions on behalf of the household. Information was sought from approximately 3,837 households and data was obtained from approximately 95% of these households.


5 Coverage rules were applied to ensure that each person was associated with only one dwelling and hence had only one chance of selection in the survey.


6 Estimates in this publication have been rounded and discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.


7 ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated. Without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act, 1905.


8 The ABS produces a wide range of publications concerning social, housing and demographic statistics. Users may wish to refer to the following ABS publication which relate to the survey topic:
      Information Paper: Emergency Management Information Development Plan, 2006, cat. no. 1385.0
      Emergency Management Information Development Plan Matrix, 2006, cat. no. 1385.0.55.001
      Community Preparedness for Emergencies, New South Wales, October 2003, cat. no. 4818.1

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