Typically, Disaster Risk Management (DRM) agencies assume that vulnerable populations will act on informational advisories, internalizing messaging accordingly to secure their safety. They assume that once appropriate information is received that people will behave in the way advised. This isn’t always the case. The sheer divergence of personal risk management behaviors … [Read more...] about Making better messages: Can behavioral design improve disaster risk communications?
Photo courtesy of Stocksnap As the Caribbean region braced for this year’s hurricane season, the Inter-American Development Bank was putting the finishing touches on the Risk Monitor, a comprehensive tool to help regional policymakers consider relevant evaluation data in order to reduce the risks associated with disasters. The tool is not yet published online, but various IDB … [Read more...] about Some useful tools for the Caribbean when a natural disaster occurs
Photo courtesy of NASA With hurricane season underway in Latin America and the Caribbean, it is time for a discussion about managing risks. Our region is exposed to a variety of hazards, including floods, earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, droughts and hurricanes. In the last 35 years, the region has experienced more than 1,300 disasters that have claimed some … [Read more...] about Can we manage a natural disaster?