The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the nature of emergency operations in response to natural hazards. In the context of the pandemic, fundamental shifts in preparedness planning are needed to ensure health, safety, and smooth operations during emergencies.

This guidance, produced by the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN) of the National Academies, explores how research on evacuation behavior, social responses to disaster, and risk communication can be applied to emergency management in the era of COVID-19. SEAN identifies strategies for updating evacuation plans, sheltering operations, and risk communication practices in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click on the links below to learn more.

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SEAN  is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, substantially contributed to this guidance.

Read the guidance online at https://www.nap.edu/resource/26084/interactive.

How can SEAN help?

Are you a policy maker? Do you have a question you need answered? SEAN will consider the most pressing questions and engage the nation’s experts to focus on your challenges. Contact us at SEAN@nas.edu or 202-334-3440.

SEAN is a network of experts in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences poised to assist decision makers at all levels as they respond to COVID-19. The network appreciates any and all feedback on its work. Please send comments to SEAN@nas.edu