The importance of communicating directly to encourage appropriate response behaviours amongst certain communities


Practitioners also felt that some citizens require direct communication in disaster situations: “In terms of management, I expect a tight community social net in the first [Tor Bella Monica] and third [Via del Vantaggio] setting, while I don’t see it so strong in the high end Rome. The second setting [Viale Parioli] could need a single direct communication to families.” (G1; R2). Practitioners, then, based on their actual experience, identified other neighbourhoods where they felt that they did not get as an effective response: “We made some evacuation simulations in Naples, inside the Vesuvius red zone for eventual eruption. Since people there live in abusive houses, they were not leaving, as they know that if they go they cannot go back in. We made the simulation with no people” (G1; R), “As a former municipal police chief in [Italian locality], I speak from my own experience. In popular areas, there is a higher participation, but the most problems are brought out in areas where people are more indifferent [towards disaster communication]” (G2; R).

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