Risk Communications for Disaster Risk Management

Risk communication is an indispensable segment of the early warning system. The effectiveness of risk communication relies heavily on 1) how much the source of the information understands his/her role in the risk communication process, the different functions of the risk communication in early warning/disaster risk management, and his/her understanding of the recipients of the message; and 2) how the receiver of the message attributes meaning to the information. Risk communication is vital for obtaining goals, in order to gain trust and ensure that different measures have the intended impact. This training module has been designed to ….


  1. Understand the concept, terminologies and process of risk communication
  2. Understand the different risk communication functions in early warning/disaster risk management
  3. Undertake a situational, audience and channel analyses, for effective response to warning
  4. Develop communication objectives for specific audiences in a given scenario/disaster/emergency 
  5. Identify the roles of different stakeholders at the community level in risk communication
  6. Formulate appropriate messages for specific audiences


Published by Bapon Fakhruddin

Dr Fakhruddin is an expert climate change risk assessor with 18 years’ global experience in working on disaster risk and climate resilience projects. This experience is a major advantage in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy development. His key areas of expertise are climate and multi-hazard risk assessment, disaster preparedness, early warning and emergency response and coastal community resilience. He has designed climate change and disaster response projects more than 25 countries in Asia and the Pacific. During his career, Dr Fakhruddin helped to design major international multi-hazard early warning systems for floods, cyclone and tsunami to save life and property damage. His most high profile work has been developing multi-hazard warning systems including a tsunami warning system for Indian Ocean countries following the deadliest one in history - the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. Dr Fakhruddin is currently work as a mentor and supervisor for postgraduate study in disaster risk management in University of Auckland (UoA). He is a Science Committee Member of IRDR of ICSU/UNISDR, Co-Chair for the Disaster Loss DATA and Risk Interpretation and Applications (RIA) Working Group of IRDR of ICSU/UNISDR. He is also Co-Chair CODATA task group Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research (LODGD) and PSG member of the Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project (CIFDP) and Open Panel of Commission for Hydrology Experts (OPACHE) of WMO. Recently Dr Fakhruddin appointed by the Government of New Zealand to develop national climate change risk assessment framework

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