End User representatives
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 combines expertise in communication, social and consumer psychology, and disaster and emergency management. It is designed to develop evidence-based strategies that motivate appropriate action during the preparedness and planning phase of disasters.
The aim has been to identify barriers and enablers in residents’ decision making, preparing, and planning. The project is examining residents’ intended use of different types of triggers for action during hazards; for example, when to start evacuating and what information source to use. It is investigating why some residents form a better quality household plan with safer intended triggers than other residents.
The problem is being examined through surveys across bushfire and flood prone areas in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. Findings from these surveys include that the majority of people do
not use official information sources about these hazards, so changing the content in these sources will only have limited overall effect. However, those that do use official information sources are better prepared and more motivated to prepare due to a greater sense of risk perception.
This project will provide recommendations for end-users about which strategies are most effective in increasing preparedness and planning amongst residents of hazard prone areas.
|27 Oct 2014||Understanding behavioural responses to earthquake shaking using injury data||earthquake, response, risk management|
|10 Apr 2015||Improving the Role of Hazard Communications 2015 NSW RAF Presentation||1.76 MB (1.76 MB)||communication, planning, response|
|15 Sep 2015||Communications and Warnings||0 bytes (0 bytes)||communication, multi-hazard, warnings|
|17 May 2016||Increasing preparedness and planning amongst residents of hazard prone areas||1.05 MB (1.05 MB)||communication, planning, warnings|
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.
Children form a vulnerable demographic in both the response and recovery phases of natural disasters