Updated: October 12, 2010

Sitemap:  Website Structure

The structure of this website is shallow but broad. There are three levels:

  • the home page level
  • the lists and indexes level
  • the “text object” level
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There are a separate group of assorted pages including various bios of Peter, his c.v., and other resources such as his book and software that don’t actually fit on any one level. The search function, available at the top of every page including this one, searches the whole site. Below the home page level are the various lists and indexes.


The Home Page

On the home page there are links to each of the lists and indexes along with links to the various assorted pages and, of course, the search function. The lists and indexes can be reached from the home page, from the menu across the top of every page, and through the search function.


Lists and Indexes

“The Big Three” (Lists)

There are three main lists, which are in order chronologically with the newest item first. Every text object except for the handouts is listed in one of the three lists. (The handout have their own lists.) Articles by Peter that aren’t available on the web are in his C.V. but not in any of the lists, which are confined exclusively to content people can get to online.

Topical Indexes

Various “text objects” are classified by Peter as belonging to one or more of the topical categories listed below. Classified text objects are marked with a category tab both on the page, and in whichever of the “big three” lists it appears. Each topical index list the text objects Peter recommends reading if you are interested in that category. (Some text objects that might fit into one or more categories, but are only peripherally germane, or are repetitious of the material already in the index, are not given a category tab nor included in the topical indexes. Those, of course, do appear in the “big three” main lists.)

  • Introduction to Risk Communication and Orientation to this Websitelink to Introduction index

    A quick introduction to the risk communication field and other introductory articles you may want to read first; and an orientation to the way Peter sees the field and the way he has organized the site.

  • Precaution Advocacy (High Hazard, Low Outrage)link to Precaution Advocacy index

    When hazard is high and outrage is low, the task is “precaution advocacy” – alerting insufficiently upset people to serious risks. “Watch out!”

  • Outrage Management (Low Hazard, High Outrage)link to Outrage Management index

    When hazard is low and outrage is high, the task is “outrage management” – reassuring excessively upset people about small risks. “Calm down.”

  • Crisis Communication (High Hazard, High Outrage) link to Crisis Communication index

    When hazard is high and outrage is also high, the task is “crisis communication” – helping appropriately upset people cope with serious risks. “We’ll get through this together.”

  • Pandemic Flu and Other Infectious Diseaseslink to Pandemic and Other Infectious Diseases index

    Text objects specifically relating to risk communication around such hazards as swine flu/H1N1, SARS, avian influenza/bird flu, anthrax attacks and the possible threat of a smallpox attack, polio inoculation, a hemorrhagic fever outbreak, a flu vaccine shortage, and other such medical-disease topics.


When Peter answers his guestbook commenters, the questions with Peter’s answers are entered chronologically into the guestbook list, most recent first. The guestbook is divided up into separate files by year. All guestbook entries are in the guestbook index, but only some of them are also listed in one or more of the topical indexes.

Handout List

There are many handouts from many of Peter's seminars that are provided on the website.


“Text Objects”

This is the repository of all the articles, columns, and other “objects” available on this site. Each of them is accessible from one of the three main list, many of them are accessible from the topical indexes, and all of them are accessible through the search function.

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