|Titre||Developing a post-earthquake communications strategy for seismologists|
|Auteur||Lamontagne, M; Wynne, J P|
|Source||Seismological Research Letters vol. 82, no. 1, 2011 p. 158|
|Séries alt.||Secteur des sciences de la Terre, Contribution externe 20100271|
|Document||publication en série|
|Sujets||séismologie; réseau sismique; répliques sismiques; secousses séismiques; risque de tremblement de terre; géologie éducative; géophysique|
|Programme||Increasing Personal Preparation for GeoHazards, Géoscience pour la sécurité publique|
|Résumé||(disponible en anglais seulement)|
In the aftermath of a largely felt earthquake, it is the traditional role of seismologists to provide factual information on the event and its seismological
context. In this paper, we suggest that seismologists make use of this Teachable Moment opportunity to provide earthquake preparedness and mitigation information to the population. If the earthquake has caused damage, the message conveyed by
seismologists should be adapted to meet the needs of the population in the epicentral region and contact should be maintained. It should also send clear and positive messages that develop and maintain public's trust. With this strategy, seismologists
can help attenuate post-earthquake public anxiety, relieving unnecessary anxiety and promoting positive preparation. The strategy aims at empowering the population in the epicentral region by making residents active rather than passive. The paper
will present examples when this post-communications strategy was used following the year 2010 Haiti, Chile and Val-des-Bois, Qc, earthquakes.
It will also present some communications challenges that seismologists may be confronted to, such as the
possibility of strong aftershocks, unfounded rumors, and multiple sources of conflicting information.