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Many of the negative consequences of undesirable events can be limited by the availability of information both on the prevention and on the management of emergency situations. To ensure effective communication it is necessary to resolve the problems dealt with in this report. In many cases there is little or no information available, owing to the temporary absence of data or technological resources, but also to the lack of knowledge about specific phenomena. In other cases the information is not distributed because of technical, organisational or psychological factors. At times the information which is distributed is not received or understood correctly, for technological as well as psychological reasons. In other cases the information is not believed, ie. the recipients of the information refuse to believe that risk actually exists. Finally, in some cases the information available is simply not put into practice, for technical, administrative, economic or physical reasons, as well as sheer irresponsibility. Risks should be assessed by the community as a whole, which must then equip itself with the human, technical, financial and cultural resources needed to prevent them and respond to them as appropriate.

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Authors: DE MARCHI B, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Prevenzione dei Disastri Naturali Qualità Ambientale Sviluppo Sostenible, Ravello (IT), October 14-15, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper IT 37221 ORA
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