Disaster Communications in a Changing Media World

Disaster Communications in a Changing Media World

3rd Edition - October 15, 2022

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  • Authors: George Haddow, Kim Haddow
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323906111
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323984775

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Disaster Communications in a Changing Media World, Third 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. This book illuminates the path to effective disaster communication, including the need for transparency, increased accessibility, trustworthiness and reliability, and partnerships with the media.

Key Features

  • Includes case studies from recent disaster events
  • Demonstrates how to use blog posts, text messages, and cell phone cameras, as well as government channels and traditional media, to communicate during a crisis
  • Examines current social media programs conducted by FEMA, the American Red Cross, state and local emergency managers, and the private sector
  • Explores how social media has emerged as a force in disaster communications


Emergency management professionals; security managers; homeland security directors; corporate communications and PR professionals; Students in emergency management and disaster preparedness programs

Table of Contents

  • 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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 210
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2022
  • Published: October 15, 2022
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323906111
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323984775

About the Authors

George Haddow

George Haddow
George Haddow currently serves as a Senior Fellow and an Adjunct Professor at the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Prior to joining academia, Mr. Haddow worked for eight years in the Office of the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as the White House Liaison and the deputy Chief of Staff. He is a founding partner of Bullock & Haddow LLC, a disaster management consulting firm.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Fellow and an Adjunct Professor at the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.

Kim Haddow

Kim Haddow
Kim Haddow is the president of Haddow Communications in New Orleans – a company specializing in strategic media planning, messaging, and developing research-driven media content, branding and advertising materials for non-profits. Clients have included: the Rockefeller Family Fund, Sierra Club, Make It Right Foundation, U.S. State Department, Public Campaign, and the Trust for America’s Health. Haddow also worked for eight years at Greer, Margolis, Mitchell, Burns (GMMB), a Washington, DC- based media consulting firm, advising political campaigns and non-profits. Haddow began her career at WWL-AM in New Orleans where she managed the news department

Affiliations and Expertise

National Communications Director, Sierra Club

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