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Effective communication of natural hazards in the era of information explosion

With more intense and frequent natural disasters hitting BC in recent years, it is undeniable that natural hazards have become a serious problem. In cooperation with local emergency managers and non-government organizations along the Sea-to-Sky Corridor, CNHR is conducting a “Two-Stage Online Survey” to understand:

  1. The current level of community preparedness for and perception of natural hazards
  2. The factors that influence community response (e.g., trust, finance, responsibility)
  3. The effectiveness of different information presentation formats in communicating natural hazard information

We hope that the results of this study will provide crucial guidance for governments and scientists on how to design and implement mitigation plans that satisfy the needs and priorities of different communities. Conducted by Student Lead Yu Yen Pan under the supervision of Professors Glyn Williams-Jones and Eileen Van der Flier-Keller, the survey includes questions about emergency preparedness, evacuation experience, commonly used natural hazard resources, and preferred communication methods.

As a token of our appreciation, participants who complete both surveys before April 14th. Can join the prize draw and win several prizes. To join the prize draw, participants need to complete the first survey before March 3rd, 2022.

If you have any questions or if you are interested in other aspects of this research, please contact Yu Yen Pan at yuyen_pan@sfu.ca