Warning fatigue is not a myth

Fire Note 122: This completed PhD research examined the role that warning fatigue plays in the risk perceptions, warning response and decision-making processes of people living in bushfire-prone areas. The study showed that warning fatigue reduced attention to bushfire warnings, changing the way those surveyed thought about their bushfire risk and affecting their response to warnings. Unexpectedly, it was found that warning fatigue was highest at the beginning of the fire season, and decreased during the season.

Is Warning Fatigue Real?

Brenda's PhD research examined warning fatigue & the role it plays in decision-making for people in bushfire-prone areas. It is the first reported empirical examination of warning fatigue in the context of prolonged lead-time disasters. Brenda established that warning fatigue is a real issue & it is why warnings can be dismissed & bushfire risk underestimated. Her work will allow emergency managers to understand why communities may be warning fatigued, & how to create warning messages that mitigate this effect.

Water Quality Risk Due to Fire Disturbance: Tools for Quantifying

Damaging debris flows and other large erosion events are hazards that often emerge in mountainous
landscapes due to the combination of fire disturbance and intense rainfall. Quantifying the water quality
risk associated with these hazards is a complex task requiring deterministic catchment response models
in combination with models that represent the stochastic conditioning by fire disturbance and storms in
space and time. This presentation summarizes three years of Bushfire CRC research where modeling and