Communicating risks and individual preparedness


The study of Siegriest and Gutscher (2008 - see source document for full reference) has shown that people differed in the description of flood consequences, depending on their previous experiences with floods - people who had a previous experience frequently mentioned negative emotions as an important consequence, while people without experience underestimated emotions such as fear, insecurity and helplessness when trying to imagine the period after a flood (Siegriest & Gutscher, 2008). Providing information on a disaster therefore should not be sufficient but authors advise that risk communicators should help people imagine negative emotional consequences of possible disasters if they aim to increase the level of individual preparedness. Here is also important to note that this study showed that previous particular experience of disasters with severe consequences and experienced negative emotions does not always lead to increased number of precautionary measures. Namely, authors suggested that citizens' doubts about effectiveness also play an important role (Siegriest & Gutscher, 2008).

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