Risk perception

After the virtual flood: risk perceptions and flood preparedness after virtual reality risk communication

Many individuals experience problems understanding and preparing for low-probability/high-impact risk, like natural disasters and pandemics – unless they experience these events, yet then it is often too late to avoid damages. Individuals with recent …

Testing a new hurricane scale

Testing a new hurricane scale. With Nadia Bloemendaal and Amy Polen.

Individual hurricane evacuation intentions during the COVID-19 pandemic: insights for risk communication and emergency management policies

The U.S. 2020 hurricane season was extraordinary because of a record number of named storms coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic. This study draws lessons on how individual hurricane preparedness is influenced by the additional risk stemming from a …

Improving flood preparedness using insights from economic experiments

Flooding is one of the most dangerous natural hazards worldwide, causing widespread economic damage in coastal areas, thousands of deaths and injuries, and displacing millions of people every year. Individual homeowners can take a number of measures …

Adequately reflecting the severity of tropical cyclones using the new Tropical Cyclone Severity Scale

For decades, meteorologists and governments have been warning communities in coastal areas for an imminent tropical cyclone (TC) using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS). The SSHWS categorizes a TC based on its maximum wind speed, and is …

Insights into flood risk misperceptions of homeowners in the Dutch river delta

Flooding is one of the most significant natural disasters worldwide. Nevertheless, voluntary take-up of individual damage reduction measures is low. A potential explanation is that flood risk perceptions of individual homeowners are below objective …