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#287094 - 11/13/17 06:45 PM Psychology of Preparing for Large-scale Disasters
dougwalkabout Offline
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I came across an article discussing how people make decisions regarding large-scale disaster planning. I found it quite interesting as a survey of what research has found.

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/life/wh...rticle36270627/

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#287095 - 11/13/17 07:19 PM Re: Psychology of Preparing for Large-scale Disasters [Re: dougwalkabout]
hikermor Offline
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Interesting and worthwhile article. Why do some of spend areasonable (and in some cases, an unreasonable)amount of time and effort in preparing for such events. It is probably not because we are incredibly smart....
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#287096 - 11/13/17 08:16 PM Re: Psychology of Preparing for Large-scale Disasters [Re: dougwalkabout]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Good share.

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#287098 - 11/14/17 01:37 AM Re: Psychology of Preparing for Large-scale Disasters [Re: dougwalkabout]
Dagny Offline
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Registered: 11/25/08
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Loc: Washington, DC

Really interesting article!

I've had some success with converting friends to a preparedness mindset when I explain how some very modest steps would make a big difference in their comfort level if a power outage happens -- for whatever reason. Some have been convinced, usually in winter, when I retrieve chemical hand warmers or extra fleece and instantly improve their comfort.


"When warnings are too negative, "people actually feel helpless or feel it's something beyond their control," he says, whereas when people are told they can take specific steps to reduce their losses from a worst-case scenario to a less-terrible scenario, they're more inclined to feel empowered.

"In general, he says, when people feel like, "'yes, actually, we can actually do something to reduce the risků' then they will react to this [information] positivel
y."

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#287100 - 11/14/17 03:08 AM Re: Psychology of Preparing for Large-scale Disasters [Re: dougwalkabout]
Montanero Offline
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Registered: 10/14/08
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Loc: North Carolina
Good article.

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