In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the Jacques Cousteau Reserve and NOAA's Office for Coastal Management (OCM) recognized that coastal decision-makers needed effective risk communication skills to help community decision-makers and residents understand and implement resiliency planning and risk hazard management. Their collaboration resulted in the development of a new Office for Coastal Management risk communication training for coastal decision-makers. These risk communication skills have broad value for National Estuarine Research Reserve System staff and their coastal partners around the country.
This project is applying the training and materials developed by Jacques Cousteau Reserve and NOAA OCM to build risk communication capacity in four coastal communities. The project combines a general risk communication training with a technical assistance workshop designed to meet the need of the local decision-making community. The two-day event will allow coastal outreach personnel to be equipped with general skills, as well as expert insights for specific projects involving risk communication.