The increasing frequency and complexity of natural hazards poses a challenge for community resilience. Communication and education of risk mitigation strategies play an essential role in building and maintaining resilience through preparation and planning by residents.
This project, now in its utilisation phase, has combined expertise in communication, social and consumer psychology, and disaster and emergency management. It identified barriers and enablers in residents’ decision making, preparing, and planning by examining residents’ intended use of different types of triggers for action during hazards. This included when to start evacuating and what information source to use, with the aim of trying to understand why some residents form a better-quality household plan with safer intended triggers than other residents.
|2016||Report||Increasing residents' preparedness and planning for natural hazards: Annual project report 2015-2016. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).|
|2015||Report||Improving the Role of Hazard Communications in Increasing Residents' Preparedness and Response Planning Annual Report 2014. (2015).|
|2015||Report||Improving the role of hazard communications in increasing residents’ preparedness and response planning: Annual project report 2014-2015. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).|
Communication and education of risk mitigation strategies play an essential role in building and maintaining resilience through preparation and planning by residents. However, little is known about the relative effectiveness of existing hazard communications and education strategies.
In two studies amongst residents of bushfire and flood prone areas we examined whether residents who actively use brochures, websites, and/or go to community information sessions to prepare, end up preparing more than those who do not use these sources. The studies supported this, but also showed that the majority of the sample did not use any information sources to prepare for bushfires and floods.
|Presentation-Slideshow||10 Apr 2015||Improving the Role of Hazard Communications 2015 NSW RAF Presentation||Save (1.76 MB)||communication, planning, response|
|HazardNoteEdition||21 Oct 2015||Turning warnings into action||Save (236.32 KB)||animals, communication, tsunami|
|Presentation-Slideshow||17 May 2016||Increasing preparedness and planning amongst residents of hazard prone areas||Save (1.05 MB)||communication, planning, warnings|