JCU students seek help to gauge Burdekin disaster preparedness

Past natural disasters have shown Burdekin residents to be very resilient which could be why a group of James Cook University students wants to study our community’s disaster preparedness.

The study, which is being conducted by Bachelor of Psychology students’ Michael Bradly, Emma Chalmers, Catherine Clarke and Emma Kassulke and their supervisor Dr Connar McShane, is part of a group project needed to complete their degree.

Burdekin residents are being asked to take part in a 20-minute questionnaire on the preparatory behaviours and social support during a cyclone, flood or storm event. Taking part in this survey is completely voluntary and you can stop taking part at any time. By returning a completed questionnaire, you are indicating your consent to take part in the study.

All responses and contact details will be strictly anonymous. The data collected may be used in research publications and presentations. Further information about the study and an online questionnaire is available at


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