In case of an emergency (e.g. extreme weather, a major fire in the direct vicinity) citizens in the Netherlands and other countries are being warned with several communication tools. In the Netherlands people might receive a NL-Alert or hear the 'Siren', or find information at dedicated webblogs, the internet, radio or social media. In the last couple of years NL-Alert has been applied more than 200 times. Governmental organisations and organisations of first responders (e.g. Safety Region, Fire Department, etc) assume that this information will help citizens to make the right decisions to reduce their risk. In the academic world, concepts are being studied to help explain how this information/decision making process might work, and whether the current modus operandus with NL-Alert, etc. does meet these expectations. This projects aims to study these phenomena. 

Studies may focus on research questions like:

  • The effects of NL-Alert information on the individual or group 'at risk'.
  • The validity and reliability of the research instruments.
  • The additional impact of other communication tools (e.g. Social Media).
  • The applicability of the used conceptual framework with concepts like efficacy beliefs, risk awareness, etc.

Additional documentation is available.


Interested? Contact CRS BA-THESIS coördinator Jan Gutteling (