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Projects and activities | 06 Jun 2024

Encouraging disaster preparedness behaviours


Getting citizens on board when it comes to preparedness for potential disasters is essential in building societal resilience. Improving preparedness and providing people with guidance on how to respond may be a powerful tool to improve the population’s ability to respond in times of crisis. However, research has shown that simply advising people of risks in their region is insufficient to motivate them to prepare.


We are investigating strategies to encourage concrete preparedness actions for disaster events. Specifically, we will investigate whether visualizing the experience of a disaster situation and its consequences can influence preparedness intentions and actions.


An experimental survey conducted in 4-6 Member States.

Expected outcomes

This project will contribute to disaster preparedness initiatives and relates to Union Disaster Resilience Goal #2 “Prepare - To increase risk awareness and preparedness of the population”.