In every disaster scenario, emergency responders face tremendous uncertainty and risk that would ÅÂÂÂnÅ?ÆµÄ?ncÄ? their willingness to respond (WTR). Hence, it is important to gain bÄ?Æ©Ä?r understanding of psychological root causes for emergency responders to abandon their roles and, in turn, to develop bÄ?Æ©Ä?r disaster response strategies. Our recent study has shown that the overall WTR of Louisiana EMS and LEO personnel is 69.9%. In Ä?Ä?Ä?ÅÂÂÂÆ?Å½nÍ? emergency responders’ WTR decreased as perceived threat increased. The ÆÂÂÂÆ?Ä?Æ?ÆÂÂÂÆ?cÄ?Å¯Å¯y ÆÂÂÂÅÂÂÂÅÂÂÂnÅÂÂÂÄ®cÄ?nÆ? ÅÂÂÂnÅ?ÆµÄ?ncÄ?ÆÂÂÂ on WTR were fear of working an unfamiliar role, concern for family, self-safety, feeling well-prepared to respond, duty to colleagues, and increasing the frequency of training.
Erick B Knezek, Thevu Vu*, and Jim Lee