A. Inform yourself about the authorities responsible for assisting citizens for each particular disaster type in your culture and country and channel information through that authority (i.e. army for war, scientists for nuclear disasters, etc.).
B. Follow the instructions of authorities and coordinate the help that you wish to offer with them.
C. If you live in a risk prone region, familiarize yourself with information about those particular risks, as well as the guidelines you should follow in the event of a disaster and the location of relevant authorities.
D. Even if you are religious person you should partake in community’s efforts to prepare for the disaster and minimize its consequences. Related cultural factors: Ethnicity
E. Especially after man-made disasters (e.g. terrorist attacks) it is advisable to seek psychological counselling.
- Deliverable 4.1: Mapping risk perception concepts in the context of disasters - CARISMAND
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- Deliverable 4.2: Report on “risk cultures” in the context of disasters - CARISMAND
- pdf, 1.8 MB
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