Veterinary University Training and Research Centre
Head of the Department of Social Work (PG)
Madras School of Social Work
G. Senthil Kumar
Department of Animal Husbandry Statistics and Computer Applications
Madras Veterinary College, Chennai-7
This study was carried out to study the knowledge level of high school students in Nagapattinam district. A total 73 students from tsunami-affected Seruthur and Karapidagai (North) villages were purposively selected for the study. The data collected from the student respondents using a well-structured and pre-tested questionnaire were statistically analysed to accomplish the research objective. The results revealed that more than two-third (74.42 %) in tsunami affected Serudhur village and nearly three-fourth of (70.00 %) students of Karapidagai village which was not affected by tsunami possessed medium level of knowledge on tsunami prepaedness. It, further, envisaged that variables such as parental occupation (0.311**), training on tsunami preparedness (0.393**), cyclone-rain-flood preparedness (0.457**) and mass media exposure (0.459**) had highly significant correlation, and extra-curricular activity (0.294*) had significant positive correlation with the overall students’ knowledge on tsunami preparedness. The results will help the policymakers to formulate suitable strategies for educating the students on tsunami-preparedness by infusing the suitable subject matter in their curricular and non-curricular activities.
Key words: Students, Knowledge and Tsunami-preparedness.