Communication of risk : a community resilience project

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Becker, J.S.; Paton, D.; Johnston, D.M. 2015 Communication of risk : a community resilience project. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2015/66 30 p.

Abstract: While all disasters create extensive physical loss and destruction with consequent social and psychological disruption, some people and communities cope with, adapt to and recover from disaster consequences better than others. That is, some people and groups are more resilient than others. The importance of understanding resilience extends beyond minimising the loss and suffering of affected populations. It also becomes important in a context in which the risk faced by society is constantly increasing. This review of community resilience research shows that there are a number of individual, community and societal/institutional factors that can influence resilience, and these can be represented as an overall model of resilience. These factors need to be considered and accounted for when developing effective risk communication strategies. These communication strategies should include a variety of activities (e.g., effective messaging, community meetings, scenario-building, school and work activities, drills and exercises, training, etc.) to target and build on different resilience factors and to account for the differing stages of readiness of members of the public. (auth)