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Crisis Communication

Case Studies and Lessons Learned from International Disasters, 1st Edition

By Kjell Brataas


196 pages | 35 B/W Illus.

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Crisis Communication is an in-depth examination of recent tragedies and natural disasters that have occurred around the globe.

The book covers three types of incidents: natural catastrophes, accidents and terror attacks. It focuses on the communication aspect of each incident and provides accounts from people handling the event. Each chapter offers a detailed description of the event and supplementary facts and illustrations from a variety of sources.

With a focus on critical communication elements and lessons learned, Brataas offers valuable advice - based on personal experience with natural disasters, accidents and terror attacks - on some of the most effective ways to prepare for and deal with a crisis. Topics range from interview situations and social media to victim support and active shooter events.

This book will be invaluable to those working in public relations and communications, as well as to those working with human resources and general management.


'Kjell Brataas presents his readers with an easy-to-follow guide culled from his own experience and from observing other crisis communications professionals. He stresses the critical importance of keeping up with the ever-evolving media landscape while pointing out that important lessons are to be learned not just from public relations missteps but from those who get it right. Examples of both are included in this well-written book.' - Christine Negroni, author of The Crash Detectives Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters

‘Previously, crisis management instruction was only accessible to a very small and select group of top executives, such as advisors to Prime Ministers, senior UN officials, and airline leaders. This book now makes best practices available for all. Excellent case studies and emergency management concepts can now be made ubiquitous and introduced to any organization willing to prepare its teams for the unexpected.’ - Janis Vanags, Senior Manager and IATA Instructor on Emergency Management

'Kjell Brataas does an amazing job of capturing the true meaning of crisis communication through sharing his experiences during the incidents in Norway in 2011. Most interestingly, he discusses something not many emergency managers think about: supporting the family after an event. It was truly remarkable to learn the lengths taken to give the next of kin an experience in memorializing their loved ones. A great read for anyone wanting an in-depth description of how the correct crisis communication procedures can change the outcome of an emergency incident response.' - Lauren Miller, M.S., Emergency Management Specialist

'Kjell Brataas has brought crisis communication theory and practice up to date with the rigorous, insightful analysis and advice contained in this book. I recommend that organizations wishing to evaluate their crisis communication capabilities refer to this very accessible work.' - Russ Stewart, Head of Health, Safety, Security & Travel : European Bank for Reconstruction & Development

Table of Contents


[Peter Power]

1. Disasters In The Transportation Sector

2. Natural disasters

3. Terror

4. Introduction and Models for Crisis Communication

5. Working with The Media

6. Social media in crisis communication

7. Internal Communication– Don’t Forget Your Employees

8. Top Level Communication and Management Priorities

9. High-Flying Crisis Communication (The Special Case of Airlines)

10. Family Support and Victim Assistance

11. Preparing for The Worst

12. Psychological Reactions

13. Additional Information and Further Reading

About the Author

Kjell Brataas has been on the front lines of crisis communication during some of Norway’s most devastating crises. He held central positions after the tsunami in 2004 and following the terrorist attacks in Oslo and on Utoya on July 22, 2011. Brataas has practical experience from private companies and government ministries. He has presented at crisis communication conferences around the world, including London, Toronto, Istanbul and Denver, and he has lectured on crisis communication at the university level.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief


Author, Kjell Brataas addresses terror at Utoya and crisis communication

Author, Kjell Brataas discusses how to bring survivors back to Utoya

Interviews & Book Launch

Author, Kjell Brataas discusses crisis management in a television interview

Crisis Communication, introduced by its author, Kjell Brataas