Coastal Hazards Risk Communication

  • To plan for coastal resilience, community leaders need effective risk communication skills.

    To plan for coastal resilience, community leaders need effective risk communication skills.

  • Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve and NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management developed a risk communication training to meet this need.

    Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve and NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management developed a risk communication training to meet this need.

  • A science transfer project applied this training and additional technical assistance workshops in four coastal communities in 2018 and 2019.

    A science transfer project applied this training and additional technical assistance workshops in four coastal communities in 2018 and 2019.

  • Participants created risk communication strategies tailored to the specific needs of their communities.

    Participants created risk communication strategies tailored to the specific needs of their communities.

  • The project developed resources that can guide others interested in coastal risk communication training.

    The project developed resources that can guide others interested in coastal risk communication training.

Risk communication skills are essential for coastal community leaders in order to successfully implement resilience planning. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve and NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management recognized that coastal decision-makers needed effective risk communication skills and strategies and developed a one-day training to meet this need.

This project transferred this approach to build risk communication capacity in four coastal communities. Staff from National Estuarine Research Reserves and area partners participated in a two-day event that included: (1) the Office for Coastal Management general risk communication training, and (2) a technical assistance workshop specific to the needs of each local decision-making community. Coastal outreach personnel gained skills and insights to inform their resilience work and developed ideas for specific local projects involving risk communication.