National Academies Press: OpenBook

Engaging Socially Vulnerable Communities and Communicating About Climate Change–Related Risks and Hazards (2022)


Suggested Citation:"SOCIETAL EXPERTS ACTION NETWORK (SEAN) EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Engaging Socially Vulnerable Communities and Communicating About Climate Change–Related Risks and Hazards. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26734.

Below is the uncorrected machine-read text of this chapter, intended to provide our own search engines and external engines with highly rich, chapter-representative searchable text of each book. Because it is UNCORRECTED material, please consider the following text as a useful but insufficient proxy for the authoritative book pages.

S O CI E T A L E X P E R T S A C T I O N N E T W O R K ( S E A N) E X E C U TI V E C O M MI T T E E M A R Y T. B A S S E T T (C o -c h air ), N e w Y or k St at e D e p art m e nt of H e alt h R O B E R T M. G R O V E S (C o -c h air ), G e or g et o w n U ni v er sit y D O L O R E S A C E V E D O -G A R CI A , Br a n d ei s U ni v er sit y M A H Z A RI N R. B A N A JI , H ar v ar d U ni v er sit y D O MI NI Q U E B R O S S A R D , U ni v er sit y of Wi s c o n si n – M a di s o n J A N E T C U R RI E , Pri n c et o n U ni v er sit y MI C H A E L H O U T , N e w Y or k U ni v er sit y M A RI A C A R M E N L E M O S , U ni v er sit y of Mi c hi g a n-A n n Ar b or A D RI A N E. R A F T E R Y , U ni v er sit y of W a s hi n gt o n W E N D Y W O O D , U ni v er sit y of S o ut h er n C alif or ni a St aff: E MI L Y P. B A C K E S , D e p ut y B o ar d Dir e ct or M A L V E R N T. C HI W E S H E , Pr o gr a m Offi c er C H E L S E A F O W L E R , A s s o ci at e Pr o gr a m Offi c er A A R O N W A R NI C K , C o m m u ni c ati o n s S p e ci ali st E LI Z A B E T H TI L T O N , S e ni or Pr o gr a m A s si st a nt S E PT E M B E R 2022| 27

Engaging Socially Vulnerable Communities and Communicating About Climate Change–Related Risks and Hazards Get This Book
MyNAP members save 10% online.
Login or Register to save!
Download Free PDF

Extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change can compound existing vulnerabilities and inequities experienced by socially vulnerable people including pregnant people, children, low-income populations, Indigenous populations, immigrant groups, the elderly, people with disabilities, vulnerable occupation groups, communities of color, and people with preexisting or chronic medical conditions. Decision makers need to adopt strategies for engaging these communities on an ongoing basis to inform and empower individual decision making, identify and understand local concerns, and provide the necessary resources.

This rapid expert consultation highlights how decision makers can continuously engage with vulnerable communities, as well as communicate risk and promote adaptation in the face of extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change. Implementing this guidance can help decision makers, researchers, and communities work collaboratively, linking analysis, deliberation, and program design to best adapt to climate change-related hazards and risks.

  1. ×

    Welcome to OpenBook!

    You're looking at OpenBook,'s online reading room since 1999. Based on feedback from you, our users, we've made some improvements that make it easier than ever to read thousands of publications on our website.

    Do you want to take a quick tour of the OpenBook's features?

    No Thanks Take a Tour »
  2. ×

    Show this book's table of contents, where you can jump to any chapter by name.

    « Back Next »
  3. ×

    ...or use these buttons to go back to the previous chapter or skip to the next one.

    « Back Next »
  4. ×

    Jump up to the previous page or down to the next one. Also, you can type in a page number and press Enter to go directly to that page in the book.

    « Back Next »
  5. ×

    To search the entire text of this book, type in your search term here and press Enter.

    « Back Next »
  6. ×

    Share a link to this book page on your preferred social network or via email.

    « Back Next »
  7. ×

    View our suggested citation for this chapter.

    « Back Next »
  8. ×

    Ready to take your reading offline? Click here to buy this book in print or download it as a free PDF, if available.

    « Back Next »
Stay Connected!