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FEMA and partners, including IAEM, this week released a new PrepTalk, 'Why People Underprepare for Disasters'

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This week, FEMA and its emergency management partners, including IAEM, released the PrepTalk, “Human Biases: Why People Underprepare for Disasters,” by Dr. Howard Kunreuther. Dr. Kunreuther is the James G. Dinan Professor Emeritus of Decision Sciences and Public Policy in the Operations, Information and Decisions Department, and co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In his PrepTalk, Dr. Kunreuther explores why disaster damages and fatalities from disasters increased globally through the early twenty-first century despite advances in forecasting and warnings. He identifies six human biases behind the underinvestment in protection against disasters and explains that understanding these biases can help us design strategies to improve preparedness. Dr. Kunreuther’s PrepTalk video and additional resources are available on the FEMA website. more

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