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NOAA spends billions of dollars each year monitoring and predicting risk from environmental hazards in order to protect life and property. This investment can only achieve its full potential value if risk is communicated effectively, empowering individuals and groups to pursue the response options that are best for them. Using research from NOAA and its external partners improves the ability to more effectively deliver weather and coastal warnings, communicate local hazards and risks, and provide guidance and decision support tools to stakeholders.

  • Natural Hazard Risk and Uncertainty Communication Practical Guide and Pilot Project – this project took an in-depth look at NOAA risk and uncertainty communication practices and proposes a simple and practical framework that all line offices can use. Executive Summary and Full Report
  • A Practical Guide for Natural Hazard Risk Communication – This guide presents a proactive, step-by-step approach that staff across all of NOAA’s line offices can use to communicate risk and uncertainty, with a focus on how to convey risk information to stakeholders outside the agency. To help NOAA personnel communicate effectively, the guide references and draws on available
    NOAA risk communication tools, protocols, and models, and other sources as needed
  • Link to presentation with project overview and demo of the Practical Guide.
  • To help you use the practical guide, a fillable pdf of the worksheets are also available.
  • “Risk Communication and Behavior: Best Practices and Research Findings
    This report reviews and summarizes risk communication and behavior literature related to hazards relevant to NOAA’s mission, products and services, provides recommendations for implementation, and suggests future research. The report covers three weather hazards (tornado/severe wind, flood, and hurricane), findings for general weather, and three other environmental hazards (tsunami, volcano, and wildfire).