Group harms can have significant negative impacts on individuals and communities, but mitigation strategies can be employed to limit or prevent these harms. There are a variety of measures that can be taken to reduce the impact of group harms, and understanding which practices are most likely to be effective is essential for any effort to protect the well-being and safety of individuals and communities.
Mitigation Best Practices
FEMA has developed a list of mitigation best practices that can be used to protect against group harms. These practices include stories, articles or case studies about effective strategies employed by individuals, businesses and communities. These strategies include the early identification of hazards, the development of plans to reduce and manage risks associated with group harms, and the implementation of mitigation measures to limit the potential for long-term effects. Additionally, FEMA recommends that individuals and communities consider implementing public education campaigns to increase awareness of the potential risks associated with group harms.
Harm Minimization Strategies
According to research published by the National Academy of Sciences, people in a group typically believe that their own group is more effective with funds. This means that the most effective approach to harm minimization is for individuals to prioritize the protection of their own group. Strategies that can be used to reduce group harms include ongoing consultation between group members, planning disclosure of research results, and collaborative IRB reviews. Additionally, education and awareness campaigns can be effective in helping to reduce the prevalence of group harms.
Group harms can have devastating effects on individuals and communities, and it is important to be aware of the strategies and practices that can be used to reduce the risk of such harms. Mitigation best practices developed by FEMA can provide valuable guidance on how to effectively protect against group harms, and strategies such as ongoing consultation, planning disclosure of research results, and collaborative IRB reviews can be effective in reducing the prevalence of such harms. Awareness campaigns can also be used to educate and inform individuals and communities about the potential risks associated with group harms.