Risk Media hub

A toolkit for news media professionals reporting on disasters and resilience

As climate risks are manifesting far sooner and with greater intensity than expected, never before has mankind faced such an array of interconnected risks.

The toolkit provides an array of resources to help journalists tell the other side of the disaster story and raise critical questions to help societies become more resilient: What are the drivers of risk? How can development and policy decisions either increase or reduce risks? How do disaster risks cascade across borders and all sectors of society? Why do disasters discriminate and inflict the worst impact on the most vulnerable? And most importantly: How can countries and communities reduce risk and build resilience? 

Why report on disaster risk?

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Not only do the media play a critical role in disseminating life-saving early warnings, they also help focus attention, set the agenda for public discussion, influence political decisions and public attitudes.
11 reasons to report on DRR
The media shape how the public perceives the risks posed by hazards; these perceptions in turn influence individual and collective choices for risk reduction.
Guidance on navigating ethical issues journalists may face when covering disasters.

Tools and resources

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Useful tools and resources to support media reporting on disaster risk.
Disaster losses & statistics
While absolute economic losses are concentrated in high-income countries, the human cost of disasters falls overwhelmingly on low and middle-income countries.
Image and video resources
The United Nations maintains different image and video resource databases that can be used by the media to illustrate stories about disaster risk.

Understanding disaster risk

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Deepen your understanding of disaster risk and hazards.
What is disaster risk
Disaster risk is expressed as the likelihood of loss of life, injury or destruction and damage from a disaster in a given period of time.
The business case for DRR
Investing in disaster risk reduction (DRR) saves lives and money and future-proofs our development gains.
Core concepts
Explore key concepts to support the research and writing of in-depth articles and analysis.
Risk drivers
Risk is influenced by the decisions we make. From climate change to poor urban planning, it is critical to understand and address risk drivers to curb disaster risk.
Terminology on DRR
The Sendai Framework terminology aims to promote a common understanding and usage of disaster risk reduction concepts.
Hazards gateway
Learn about common hazards, the latest research on risk trends and solutions to reduce their impact.
Learning from past disasters
Explore insights and analysis from past disasters to cover disaster anniversaries or provide contrasting perspectives on current disaster events.

Media resources

View our selection of resources and guidance for media covering disaster risk.

Further resources

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About this hub
Why we made this resource for journalists, bloggers, and other media professionals interested in covering DRR and related topics.
About PreventionWeb
PreventionWeb is the global knowledge sharing platform for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience.
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Advocacy & media
PreventionWeb's content on advocacy and awareness raising of disaster risk reduction (DRR) including through traditional and new media.
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Risk communication
Resources to help communications professionals develop effective strategies and craft compelling content about disaster risk.

Hazards do not have to turn into disasters.

To break the vicious cycle of "Disaster, respond, recover, repeat.", we need a better understanding of disaster risk, in all its dimensions.

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