Articles | Volume 17, issue 7
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 1003–1024, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-17-1003-2017
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 1003–1024, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-17-1003-2017

Research article 04 Jul 2017

Research article | 04 Jul 2017

Public perceptions of a rip current hazard education program: “Break the Grip of the Rip!”

Chris Houser et al.

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Rip currents pose a major global beach hazard. Despite increased social research into beach-goer experience, little is known about levels of rip current knowledge within the general population. This study describes results of an online survey to determine the extent of rip current knowledge across the United States, with the aim of improving and enhancing existing beach safety education materials. Results suggest a need for locally specific and verified rip forecasts and signage.
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