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Communicating Emergency Preparedness: Strategies for Creating a Disaster Resilient Public

Damon P. Coppola and Erin K. Maloney
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Major events worldwide make disaster preparedness and disaster communication to the public a crucial concern. September 11th, the Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and other mega-disasters have highlighted not only a woeful lack of community awareness of vulnerability, but also the absence of a clear protocol for what to do as events unfold. Dedicated solely to the topic of pre-disaster communication, Communicating Emergency Preparedness presents the best ways to inform communities about disaster risk factors, response plans, and emergency procedures without instigating panic or paranoia.

With emphasis on protecting the community through raising public awareness, this book:
  • Contains historical facts and figures about preparedness campaigns and their influence on behavior
  • Examines deficiencies in current disaster preparedness education efforts
  • Provides step-by-step instructions on planning and conducting a public education effort
  • Includes case studies that identify past successful public awareness campaigns
Communicating Emergency Preparedness provides public administration officials, emergency managers, evacuation coordinators, and community leaders at the local and national levels with the background and tools needed to plan, design, and carry out effective public disaster preparedness campaigns.

Reviewed in Security Management, 8/10.

Format: Hardcover


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