Cultural drivers of disaster risk reduction behaviour

The case of Pulau Simeulue

Stephen Anthony Sutton, Petra Buergelt, Douglas Paton, Saut Sagala

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On 13 October 2005 the leaders of the island of Simeulue were presented with a prestigious award by the United Nations (UN ISDR, 2005). The Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction was given in recognition of the island community losing a remarkably low number of people during the 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The award paid tribute to the fact that Simeulue accomplished a “unique achievement in the midst of all the death in Aceh due to the tsunami” (UN ISDR, 2005:1) and acknowledged that an oral story saved the community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDisaster risk reduction in Indonesia
Subtitle of host publicationEnvironmental, Social and Cultural Aspects
Place of PublicationSpringfield, Ill
PublisherCharles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780398092276
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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Sutton, S. A., Buergelt, P., Paton, D., & Sagala, S. (2018). Cultural drivers of disaster risk reduction behaviour: The case of Pulau Simeulue. In Disaster risk reduction in Indonesia: Environmental, Social and Cultural Aspects (pp. 167-185). Springfield, Ill: Charles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd.