Improving Community Resilience Through Public Education (Excerpt)

The world has been exposed to natural and man-made disasters throughout history. Hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, drought, tornadoes, and health crises represent just a few of the natural hazards responsible for many deaths and disasters worldwide. Despite the massive economic impact and the threat to human lives associated with natural and man-made disasters, individuals measure risks and their potential consequences differently.

Opinions vary widely – The range of opinions formed by individuals are shaped by past experiences, their exposure to training or education related to hazards, and the accuracy of the information they have been exposed to. Individual’s responses to hazards are also influenced by their capacity to understand the risks associated with these hazards. Senior government officials and communities need a strong understanding of the hazards that may afflict them and how to reduce the potential impact of these hazards. A comprehensive approach to community education is needed to make communities stronger and more resilient.

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Excerpt was taken from the Master’s Thesis Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Education: Enhancing Awareness Through K12 Education by Ricardo O. Rosario at American Public University in March 2019

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