Earthquake Insurance A Longitudinal Study o f California Homeowners Risa Palm Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1995 Reviewed by h r is t in e M. R o d r ig u e Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Planning California State University, Chico CA 95929-0425 I n Earthquake Insurance, Risa Palm offers an update of After a Cali fo rn ia E arthquake: Attitude and B ehavior Change (Palm and Hodgson 1992). In this volume, she presents the results of a 1993 resurvey of participants in the earlier surveys of 1989 and 1990. The two books, then, report on an environmental perception study unique in querying respondents before the latest series of significant earth quakes in California (1989), after the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 (1990 resurvey), and after the 1992 implementation of a one-year state-m andated insurance policy covering small losses (1993 resurvey). Given the enormity of the seismic risk in urban California, Palm seeks to identify those factors predicting who among one subset of Californians-- homeowners-- will choose to reduce their hazard 191 APCG YEARBOOK · VOLUME 57 · 1995 vulnerability through insurance and structural and nonstructural miti gations. The original survey was mailed to a
Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Oct 1, 1995
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