Nuclear emergency preparedness: Study of the risk perception and the consequences for emergency planning in Belgium.

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Abstract

Management strategies aiming to cope with the consequences of an accidental release of radioactive material will not only by based on radiological assessments,but will also have to consider the societal reaction to the crisis. In this article, we discuss results from two public opinion surveys in Belgium. We study the risk perception of activities involving radioactivity and the conficence in authorities. Special attention is given to the perception of the chernobyl accident, its severity and the reliability of the inforamtion about the accident. Detailed sections discuss the trust in and willingness to follow specific countermeasures foreseen in the off-site emergency plans. During a crisis, the confidence in the authorities will be a key factor, and results of questions targeting this issue ara also discussed.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation systems for crisis response and management
Place of PublicationHarbin, China
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007
EventSecond International ISCRAM CHINA Workshop - Harbin, China
Duration: 26 Aug 200727 Aug 2007

Conference

ConferenceSecond International ISCRAM CHINA Workshop
CountryChina
CityHarbin
Period2007-08-262007-08-27

Keywords

  • Risk perception, public opinion, emergency prepardness

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