Effective communication of natural hazards in the era of information explosion

Final Report: Pan, Y. Y., Williams-Jones, G., & Van der Flier-Keller, E. (2023). Effective communication of natural hazards in the era of information explosion. Centre for Natural Hazards Research, Department of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University,

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 conducted a “Two-Stage Online Survey”  (now closed) 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.

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