Contingencies Affecting the Issuing Of Public Disaster Warnings at Crescent City, California
Disaster Research Center
Adequate prior warning of impending disaster can save many lives and alleviate property loss. However, when a community or an area is fore-warned and the predicted disaster does not materialize a very negative public reaction toward the officials who issued can develop. This is especially true where evacuation procedures are carried out. Previous disaster studies have indicated that repeated instances of warning not followed by some visible danger cues, result in disbelief or nonacceptance by people in general. As in Aesop's fable, the cry, "Wolf!" repeated too often without subsequent validation ultimately produces a response of either inaction or active rejection. "Note: page 1 is missing"
Public Disaster Warning, Crescent City, California, Observations