The Principles of Risk Communication Guide: A Guide to Communication with Socially Vulnerable Populations Across the Disaster Lifecycle

 This guide identifies three overarching principles based on a review of literature and relevant research. The organizational format allows the reader to easily navigate and comprehend the principles, with tables summarizing underlying concepts and examples of the principle’s application in real world situations for each phase of the disaster lifecycle.  While the principles can be broadly applied to all populations, the guide highlights tips, implications and considerations for communication with socially vulnerable populations (defined as those who face a disproportionate disaster risk due to a variety of historical, social, economic and political considerations).

Risk Communication Involving Vulnerable Populations: An Annotated Bibliography 

The Natural Hazards Center has also prepared a companion annotated bibliography for practitioners interested in delving more deeply into the supporting information behind these principles. This bibliography summarizes published academic research, public reports and guidance documents for more than 40 resources. A table at the front summarizes in one sentence the risk communication implications conveyed by the resource.  Additional information for each resource includes key findings and take-home messages stated up-front and a brief abstract.