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Behavioural and psychological responses of the public during a major power outage : A literature review. / Rubin, G. James; Rogers, M. Brooke.

In: International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Vol. 38, 101226, 01.08.2019.

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Rubin, GJ & Rogers, MB 2019, 'Behavioural and psychological responses of the public during a major power outage: A literature review', International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, vol. 38, 101226. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101226

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Rubin, G. J., & Rogers, M. B. (2019). Behavioural and psychological responses of the public during a major power outage: A literature review. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 38, [101226]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101226

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Rubin GJ, Rogers MB. Behavioural and psychological responses of the public during a major power outage: A literature review. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 2019 Aug 1;38. 101226. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101226

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Rubin, G. James ; Rogers, M. Brooke. / Behavioural and psychological responses of the public during a major power outage : A literature review. In: International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 2019 ; Vol. 38.

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