"Public Disaster Preparedness: In Theory and in Practice 1 2 Managing Risk, Emergencies, and Disasters 43 3 The Campaign - Step 1: Early Planning 73 4 Step 2: Develop a Campaign Strategy 125 5 Campaign Implementation and Evaluation 179 6 Program Support 199 7 Emergency Management Public Education Case Studies 235 Index 255.
Communicating Environmental Risk in Multiethnic Communities
9/11. Tornadoes. Emergency preparedness. Whether explaining parts per million to a community exposed to contaminated groundwater or launching a campaign to encourage home carbon monoxide testing, an effective message is paramount to the desired result: an increased understanding of health risk. Communicating Environmental Risk in Multiethnic Communities is the first book to address the theory and practice of disseminating disaster warnings and hazard education messages to multiethnic communities. Authors Michael K. Lindell and Ronald W. Perry introduce theory-based reasoning as a basis for understanding warning dissemination and public education, devoting specific attention to the community context of emergency warning delivery and response. Through these principles of human behavior, readers can apply risk communication information to virtually any specific disaster agent with which they may be concerned. This volume is recommended for practitioners in private emergency management and federal, state, and local governments, as well as students studying risk communication, health communication, emergency management, and environmental policy and management.
With the average cellphone user spending 3 hours and 20 minutes every day connected one way or another, imagine the fear and upset that will follow any sort of emergency where communications are disrupted. Even in our neighborhood, where people's cellphone use is more modest, we hear questions every month about how to stay in touch in an emergency. Questions like these: Will 911 work if the power is off? Can I use Alexa to call 911? What if my cellphone batteries die? Who will be broadcasting in an emergency? How will I know what's happening at work? This mini-book addresses these questions and 11 more like them. Common questions about how you'll stay in touch during emergencies, and simple answers. Plus,a place to make your own notes and build a To-Do list if you need one. Of course, every family is unique. But the first question we will all have after a disaster is, "Are you OK?" This Mini-Series booklet will help you and all your family members be more confident of getting a strong "YES!" Communications is the latest booklet of the Emergency Preparedness Q&A Mini-Series. This collection of mini-books (each under 50 pages) is written for ordinary people who want to improve - or start building -- their personal Emergency Preparedness Plan. Each book covers just one topic, making it easy to focus on the ones you are most interested in, whether you're looking for an introduction or reviewing a key part of your plan. The series is from authors Virginia S. Nicols and Joseph A. Krueger, whose background includes military training, disaster response marketing and nearly 20 years of hands-on experience with Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). You can find out more at https://EmergencyPlanGuide.org.
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. Includes case studies from recent disasters including Hurricane Sandy, the 2011 tsunami in Japan, and the Boston Marathon bombings Demonstrates how to use blogs, 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 Updated information in each chapter, especially on how social media has emerged as a force in disaster communications
The recommendations in these guidelines provide overarching, evidence-based guidance on how risk communication should be practiced in an emergency. During public health emergencies, people need to know what health risks they face, and what actions they can take to protect their health and lives. Accurate information provided early, often, and in languages and channels that people understand, trust and use, enables individuals to make choices and take actions to protect themselves, their families and communities from threatening health hazards. The recommendations also guide countries on building capacity for communicating risk during health emergencies. These guidelines provide systems-focused guidance on: - approaches for building trust and engaging with communities and affected populations; - approaches for integrating risk communication into existing national and local emergency preparedness and response structures, including building capacity for risk communication as required of all WHO Member States by the International Health Regulations (2005); and - ERC practice - from strategizing, planning, coordinating, messaging, channelling different methods and approaches of communication and engagement, to monitoring and evaluation - based on a systematic assessment of the evidence on what worked and what did not work during recent emergencies. These guidelines were developed for policy- and decision-makers responsible for managing emergencies, particularly the public health aspects of emergencies, and practitioners responsible for risk communication before, during and after health emergencies. Other groups expected to use these guidelines are: frontline responders; local, national and international development partners; civil society; the private sector; and all organizations, private and public, involved in emergency preparedness and response.
Introduction to Emergency Management, Fourth Edition, offers a practical guide to the discipline of emergency management. It focuses on the domestic emergency management system of the United States, highlighting the lessons and emerging trends that are applicable to emergency management systems in other parts of the world. The book begins by tracing the historical development of emergency management from the 1800s to the present world of homeland security. It then discusses the hazards faced by emergency management and the methods of assessing hazard risk; the function of mitigation and the strategies and programs emergency management or other disciplines use to reduce the impact of disasters; and emergency management preparedness. The book also covers the importance of communication in the emergency management of the twenty-first century; the functions and processes of disaster response; government and voluntary programs aimed at helping people and communities rebuild in the aftermath of a disaster; and international emergency management. It also addresses the impact of September 11, 2001 on traditional perceptions of emergency management; and emergency management in the post-9/11, post-Katrina environment. * Expanded coverage of risk management * Enhanced coverage of disaster communications, including social networking sites like Twitter * More material on mitigation of disasters * Up-to-date information on the role of FEMA in the Obama administration
Social Media Crisis Communication and Emergency Management
Although recent global disasters have clearly demonstrated the power of social media to communicate critical information in real-time, its true potential has yet to be unleashed. Social Media, Crisis Communication, and Emergency Management: Leveraging Web 2.0 Technologies teaches emergency management professionals how to use social media to improve
Smart Technologies for Emergency Response and Disaster Management
Disaster management is an imperative area of concern for society on a global scale. Understanding how to best utilize information and communication technology to help manage emergency and disaster situations will lead to more effective advances and innovations in this important field. Smart Technologies for Emergency Response and Disaster Management is a pivotal reference source that overviews current difficulties, challenges, and solutions that technology must adapt to in crisis situations. Highlighting pertinent topics such as network recovery, evacuation design, sensing technologies, and video technology, this publication is ideal for engineers, professionals, academicians, and researchers interested in discovering more about emerging technologies in crisis management.
Primer and advanced guidelines for highly reliable disaster emergency communications systems on the local, regional and global levels. Includes guides for public safety dispatch systems, VoIP networks, satellite-based links and the amateur radio emergency service. Focuses on issues of interoperability, reliability, flexibility, security, maintainability and practicality.
Disaster Recovery Planning for Communications and Critical Infrastructure
Addressing the vulnerabilities in today's critical infrastructure to natural disasters and terrorism, this practical book describes what you should be doing to protect your infrastructure before the unthinkable happens. You learn how to maintain command and control in any disaster, and how to predict the probability of those disasters. Written by two highly regarded experts in the field, this one-of-a-kind book shows you how to simplify risk assessments and emergency response procedures to disasters affecting our critical national and local infrastructure.