Communicating Typhoon Preparedness

Communicating typhoon preparedness. This Typhoon Preparedness Guide is painted along a main road of a Tacloban City neighborhood. From left to right, the pictures describe what to do before, during and after a typhoon. Residents of Tacloban City may experience a variety of “natural” hazards, like flooding, landslides, and tidal waves. So, I wonder why some potential hazards, like typhoons and earthquakes, are more visible in public awareness programs rather than other hazards, like flooding and landslides which happen frequently throughout the year. #vignette #ethnography #anthropology #inthefield #fieldnotes #researchquestions #research #disaster #kalamidad #bagyo #typhoon #storm #risk #vulnerability #communication #media #communicationinfrastructure #communicationtechnologies #disastercommunication #DRR #philippines #pilipinas #pinas #ReliefPH

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Communicating Earthquake Preparedness

Communicating earthquake preparedness. This Earthquake Preparedness Guide is painted on a building located at a busy crossroads of a Tacloban City neighborhood. From left to right, the pictures describe what to do before, during and after an earthquake. The guide, however, neglects to address the differential experience of coastal residents, who additionally prepare for the possibility of a tsunami after an earthquake. Some coastal residents I’ve spoken to are equally as nervous about their safety in an earthquake as in a typhoon. Both events could trigger a sudden rush of seawater onto coastal areas. These are differentially referred to as a “storm surge” during a typhoon, and a “tsunami” during an earthquake—a storm surge arrives as a rapid elevation in sea level, while a tsunami arrives as immense sea waves. Talking with the Monitoring Group member of a village’s DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) committee, I learn that through media and communications, it is possible to monitor the area’s danger to a potential storm surge even a few days in advance. He says, however, it is more difficult to monitor the area’s danger to a tsunami. I asked what they would do if a earthquake happened in the ocean nearby. He said that he and the HOA (Home Owners Association) President would rotate watching the ocean overnight to see whether the tide moves far out from the coast–a sign that a tsunami is coming. #vignette #ethnography #anthropology #inthefield #fieldnotes #research #disaster #kalamidad #risk #vulnerability #communication #media #communicationinfrastructure #earthquake #tsunami #tidalwave #stormsurge #disastercommunication #disasterpreparedness #DRR #disastermitigation #philippines #pilipinas #pinas #QuakePH #ReliefPH

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