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.
A 2017 Science Transfer 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. This factsheet describes the project approach, anticipated benefits, anticipated products, and targeted end users.