Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science

2009 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers (Editor-in-Chief)

Evacuation as a Communication and Social Phenomenon

  • Douglas Goudie
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30440-3_186

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 Weather Bureaus and...

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I most thank my research guardian and mentor over 15 years, Prof. David King, Director of both the Australian Center for Disaster Studiesand of the Center for Tropical Urban and Regional Planning. David allowed me freedom to develop as an ‘evidence‐based’ scientist, toconceive core approaches to sustainability implementation research; productive in helping render positive change in both disaster management andsustainability planning. Thanks to Australian Bureau of Meteorology staff for their interactive support to improve risk communications, listening to what real people in real hazard zones experience, how they hear warnings, and how the medium and the messages can be and are optimized. The Bureau embraces the core goal to motivate safety‐oriented action by people in hazard zones. The Bureau listens and improves the message and the delivery. The bushfire research of ’06 & 07 was funded by the Australian Bushfire Cooperative Research Center, supported by the University of Tasmania. The 14 years of research reported in this article was not possible without the contributions of Authorities and more than 1000 Australians, old and new, who opened their organizations or doors to myself or research team members and shared their hazard experiences and specific warning needs. Thanks all.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas Goudie
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  1. 1.Australian Centre for Disaster Studies, School of Earth and Environmental ScienceJames Cook UniversityTownsvilleAustralia