Reference Work Entry

Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science

pp 3109-3142

Evacuation as a Communication and Social Phenomenon

  • Douglas GoudieAffiliated withRAMTECH LIMITEDAustralian Centre for Disaster Studies, School of Earth and Environmental Science, James Cook University

Definition of the Subject

This article intends to show how system and complexity science can contribute to an understanding and improvement of evacuation processes,especially considering the roles of engaged communities at risk, the concepts of community self-help, and clear communication about local threats andremedies.

This article shows researchers in Complexity and Systems Science (CSS) a social sciences approach to maximize effective and precautionaryevacuation, maximize safety, minimize loss and speed full recovery. The computational and analytical modeling tools of CSS may be considered to apply toa complex interaction of community awareness, inclination toaccept the reality of a natural disaster threat, along with achieving background and finalpreparations to maximize safety and recovery from a natural disaster impact. This article maystimulate CSS researchers to develop detailed models of the complex systems and complexity of melding information from ...

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