Risk Communication and Resilience

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups:
Organizers: Jordan Burns
Chairs: Bandana Kar

Call for Submissions

This session calls for abstract submissions. This will be the sixth consecutive year that we have organized the Risk Communication and Resilience sessions at AAG meetings. Thanks to all our presenters and to all who have attended these sessions over the years. Research topics include, but are not limited to:

The effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of WEA and mobile devices in increasing risk communication coverage.

The role of social media in increasing citizen participation and the issues and concerns expressed by emergency managers and the public regarding use of social media in risk communication and resilience building efforts.

Proactive approaches to resilience that have been effective in reducing hazard impacts, including risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication strategies.

Exploring the relationship between risk analysis, risk communication, and effective resilience planning.

How can social media be used to bolster emergency preparedness? How does social media influence resilience and recovery?

What is the future of resilience-based research? Is there a difference between individual resilience and community resilience?

Finally, is it possible for global society to reach a level of resilience where the impacts of hazards are negligible?


Risk communication, defined as the exchange of information among stakeholders about a disaster with the intent to help people take risk reduction actions, is a central part of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Resilience is a process that increases capacity through the proactive and positive engagement of stakeholders so that disaster-impacted communities can quickly return to a pre-disaster state or even attain better-than-pre-disaster states, thereby enhancing sustainability. While risk communication is one aspect of building resilience, community resilience also can be improved by (i) increasing public awareness of risk and their role in risk reduction, (ii) assessing risk, (iii) increasing stakeholder participation in policy preparation and implementation, and (iv) sharing knowledge/information/lessons learned among communities. The collective experience of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Florence indicate that social media plays an increasingly important role in disseminating information for preparation, response, and rescue. In light of these and other disasters, it is timely to discuss what actions should be taken to integrate citizen science, crowdsourcing, and risk communication in building resilient communities.


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