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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.
Surveys were conducted across bushfire and flood-prone areas in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. Findings 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.
|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
|Community understanding of the tsunami risk and warnings systems in Australian communities||Prof David Johnston||Massey University|
|Effective risk and warning communication during natural hazards||Prof Vivienne Tippett||Queensland University of Technology|
|Managing animals in disasters: improving preparedness, response, and resilience through individual and organisational collaboration||Dr Mel Taylor||Macquarie University|
|Child-centred disaster risk reduction||Prof Kevin Ronan||CQUniversity|
|Enhancing remote north Australian community resilience||Adj Prof Jeremy Russell-Smith||Charles Darwin University|
|The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: A system for assessing the resilience of Australian communities to natural hazards||Dr Phil Morley||University of New England|