Youth Volunteering for Disaster Preparedness in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
The increasing number of disaster in Malaysia has resulted in the increasing demand for volunteers. The needs for volunteers is to ensure the disaster management system can operate well during emergency breaks. This study aimed on youth’s volunteerism for disaster preparedness in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. The 240 respondents for this research are youths whom live in Port Dickson with the range age between 15-35 years old. Convenience and Purposive Sampling techniques were used with questionnaire as the instrument. To answer the research questions, Correlation and Regression Analysis were conducted. Based on the research findings, the level of disaster preparedness among youths is at moderate point. The other variables tested namely as education, altruism, personal development, social interaction and family volunteering show there is significant relationship in improving the level of volunteerism among youth for disaster preparedness. The result show that education as the most contributors to youth’s volunteerism for disaster preparedness. This summarize that in ensuring high level of youth involvement, all parties must work together to educate the youngsters on the importance of volunteering to prepare for disaster breaks. It will help to strengthen the disaster support system as the youths are well prepared for emergency time. The result from this research will benefited the policy makers, national security and disaster agencies and NGOs and related parties in term of developing volunteerism enthusiastic among youths in Malaysia.
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