ADOPTION OF CELL PHONES AS PREPAREDNESS EFFORTS FOR NATURAL DISASTERS
Issues in Information Systems
In recent years, a number of cell phone adoption studies have been conducted. However, these studies did not consider cell phones adoption in developing countries where natural disasters frequently o c c u r . This o m i s s i o n is s u r p r i s i n g b e c a u s e t h e p r e p a r e d n e s s literature leads us to conclude cell phone adoption can be useful. The goal of this study is to investigate the adoption of cell phones as preparedness efforts during the natural disaster seasons in
... aster seasons in Haiti. Data was collected through interviews involving 24 students from Haiti who live in natural disaster zones. Some preparedness factors influencing cell phone adoption were found: user previous disaster experience, user perceived responsibility for preparedness and user disaster related anxiety. Some innovative characteristics influencing cell phone adoption also were found: perceived relative advantage for preparedness, perceived compatibility for preparedness, perceived complexity for preparedness, subjective norms for preparedness and perceived risks for preparedness.