Surprises of ROANU or Risk Blindness

Project: 2nd January 2018

People do not perceive risk due to various reasons. Mainly, five critical factors influence people to ignore risk – lack of experience of a disaster scenario; lack of awareness raising programs in the communities; lack of integration of disaster education in curriculum and business plans; lack of ‘people friendly’ early warning system; and trust on infrastructural protection. As a result, even the most vulnerable people become risk blind and experience heavy loss and damage in a low or moderate-low level of disaster.

This case study explores what happened during tropical storm ROANU, and gives recommendations on how to reduce risk blindness


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