Risk Communication Basics

A key element of communicating effectively about risk is identifying the audience’s diverse values and concerns and using that information to design a communication approach. The goal is a high level of community engagement—and action. This publication helps community leaders understand and connect with stakeholders and inspire risk-wise behavior through improved communication.

Topics include

  • How and why people perceive risk differently
  • How to learn more about your audience
  • Best practices for risk communication
  • Ways to frame your conversations to appeal to a variety of audiences
  • Sample conversations for responding to difficult questions

Additional Resources

  • Customizable PowerPoint presentation to engage your audience on flooding hazards, with guiding comments and text and image suggestions
  • “Are You Flood Ready?” handout for stakeholder engagement (also available for New Jersey communities)
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