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Disaster Communications in a Changing Media World

Communications are key to the success of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Accurate information disseminated to the general public, to elected officials and community leaders, as well as to the media, reduces risk, saves lives and property, and speeds recovery. Disaster Communications in a Changing Media World, Second Edition, provides valuable information for navigating these priorities in the age of evolving media. The emergence of new media like the Internet, email, blogs, text messaging, cell phone photos, and the increasing influence of first informers are redefining the roles of government and media.

The tools and rules of communications are evolving, and disaster communications must also evolve to accommodate these changes and exploit the opportunities they provide. Disaster Communications in a Changing Media World, Second Edition, illuminates the path to effective disaster communication, including the need for transparency, increased accessibility, trustworthiness and reliability, and partnerships with the media.

Emergency management professionals; security managers; homeland security directors; corporate communications and PR professionals

Paperback, 282 Pages

Published: January 2014

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-407868-0


  • "This book defines the key elements of disaster communications with a focus on methods to achieve successful communications along with the principles that should carry the communications along."--Shannon Parker, St. Louis University Institute for Biosecurity


  • 1. Communications: The Critical Function

    2. The Changing Media World

    3. The "New" Newsroom 

    4. Disaster Coverage Past and Present

    5. Principles of a Successful Communications Strategy

    6. Application of Communications Principles to all Four Phases of Emergency Management

    7. Disaster Communications Audiences 

    8. How to Adapt to the Changing Media Environment

    9. Case Studies

    10. Climate Change

    11. Communicating During a Public Health Crisis

    12. Building an Effective Disaster Communications Capability in a Changing Media World


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