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On the perceived usefulness of risk descriptions for decision-making in disaster risk management

Lin, Lexin LU ; Nilsson, Anders; Sjölin, Johan; Abrahamsson, Marcus LU and Tehler, Henrik LU (2015) In Reliability Engineering & System Safety 142. p.48-55
Abstract
Managing risk using an “all-hazards” and “whole of society”-approach involves extensive communication of risk descriptions among many stakeholders. In the present study we investigate how professionals working with disaster risk management in such contexts perceive the usefulness of different descriptions of risk. Empirical data from the Swedish disaster risk management system were used in an attempt to investigate the aspects of a risk description that affect its usefulness (as perceived by professionals). Thirty-three local municipal risk and vulnerability assessments (RVA documents) produced in the region of Scania in 2012 were

analyzed in terms of six variables. The documents were then ranked by professionals based on their... (More)
Managing risk using an “all-hazards” and “whole of society”-approach involves extensive communication of risk descriptions among many stakeholders. In the present study we investigate how professionals working with disaster risk management in such contexts perceive the usefulness of different descriptions of risk. Empirical data from the Swedish disaster risk management system were used in an attempt to investigate the aspects of a risk description that affect its usefulness (as perceived by professionals). Thirty-three local municipal risk and vulnerability assessments (RVA documents) produced in the region of Scania in 2012 were

analyzed in terms of six variables. The documents were then ranked by professionals based on their perceived usefulness for decision-making. Statistical analysis was conducted to identify any possible correlations between the overall ranking of the usefulness of the municipal RVA:s and

each of the variables. We conclude that the way the likelihood and consequences of scenarios are described influence the perceived usefulness of a risk description. Furthermore, whether descriptions of scenarios are included in a risk description or not, and whether background information concerning the likelihood of scenarios are included also influence perceived

usefulness of risk descriptions. (Less)
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description of risk, risk and vulnerability assessment, disaster risk management, risk communication, usefulness, decision-making
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Reliability Engineering & System Safety
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48 - 55
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10.1016/j.ress.2015.04.012
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