New reports highlight lessons from the public’s view of risk, & SME resilience to flooding

EA communicating risk to the public

A timely Environment Agency report examines lessons they have learned about communicating risk to the general public. A series of community workshops highlighted the need to keep the messages simple and accessible, and that people are confused by probabilities or percentages – mostly they just want to know if they will be flooded or not, and how to deal with the situation. The full report is available from the Sciencewise website.

SME resilience to flooding report

Flood events cause considerable disruption to the business sector, especially to small- and medium-sized enterprises. This new study from the University of Salford focuses on the effect of recent flooding in Braunton, North Devon. Seven case studies capture the experiences of local SMEs in coping with flood events and highlight lessons that can be learned on improving preparedness for future flooding.