Behavior Change and Disaster Preparedness

Use of AI in health emergencies: Insights from a simulated telephone survey

In public health emergencies, timely and accurate information is crucial for effective response strategies. My experiment looks at how artificial intelligence (AI) can improve our ability to collect and analyse data through telephone surveys, an important component of social listening. Phone Surveys and Social Listening: A Foundation for Effective Communication Telephone surveys are an important […]

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Advancing disaster risk communications

This publication posits that effective communication of disaster threats to decision makers and at-risk communities is a growing challenge in a people-centred approach to disaster risk reduction. Traditional communication approaches tend to involve either top-down risk management practices or bottom-up community health and education practices. However, the strategic intent of communications – whether that be

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Flood Resilience Alliance: Philippines Country Briefing

The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, commonly experiencing floods, droughts, and typhoons. According to the latest assessment of the World Risk Index (2022), the Philippines is the country with the highest disaster risk in the world. The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance is a multi-sectoral partnership focusing on finding practical

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Communicating storm surge risks via risk communication websites: a novel approach

Websites related to storm surge risks mostly follow an instructive approach, often combining flood risk maps with historical information on floods, and instructions on how to behave in case of an approaching emergency, such as a dike break. Sometimes, these websites are enriched with additional media materials (photos in particular). However, while accurately representing flood

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A Concept for Creating Mobile Games for Enhanced Disaster Preparedness in Cooperation with Local Communities

This paper shows how educational games for enhanced disaster preparedness can be created in cooperation / collaboration with local communities. The specific case presented discusses how students from the local university (here: La Plata National University in La Plata, Argentina) created such games as part of a university programming course. The games were subsequently used

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Working with local partners – and nature – for flood resilience

Building on the successful cooperation between the Red Cross of Montenegro and the municipality of Golubovci on the repair and construction of a flood protection wall in Ponari community, the two decided to team up again for a more ambitious green and grey infrastructure project in Kurilo and Bistrice. Written by Jonathan Ulrich and Nataša

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