Education & Outreach
Public Awareness: Priority One
Effective action during an emergency can only be achieved if the public is made fully aware, in advance, of the nature of the hazard, the consequent risks and what can be done to reduce these risks.
Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes share the common feature that they happen fairly infrequently but when they do happen the consequences can be devastating. By unfortunate coincidence the mean interval between such disasters is roughly comparable with one human lifetime so that the memory of the previous event would have just about faded from public consciousness when the next one occurs. Maintaining public preparedness for geologic disasters through the long, quiescent periods presents a significant challenge.
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