Should I Stay or Should I Go Now Why Risk Communication is the Critical Component in Disaster Risk Reduction
Fakhruddin, B., Clark, H., Robinson, L., et al. (2020). Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Why Risk Communication is the Critical Component in Disaster Risk Reduction. Progress in Disaster Science. 8:100139.
This article discusses the importance and complexity of risk communication in disaster and public health emergency preparedness and response. The authors examined the success of risk communications during the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand found it was due to transparency, engaging with communities, and building a “currency of trust” between government and the public before a crisis. They conclude by listing several recommendations for improving risk communications (e.g., media focused on the public interest, better internet governance, education systems which promote critical thinking, and media literacy).