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1st Edition

Risk Communication and Community Resilience

ISBN 9781138088214
Published June 13, 2019 by Routledge
288 Pages - 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Risk communication is crucial to building community resilience and reducing risk from extreme events.

True community resilience involves accurate and timely dissemination of risk information to stakeholders. This book examines the policy and science of risk communication in the digital era. Themes include public awareness of risk and public participation in risk communication and resilience building. The first half of the book focuses on conceptual frameworks, components, and the role of citizens in risk communication. The second half examines the role of risk communication in resilience building and provides an overview of some of its challenges in the era of social media. This book looks at the effectiveness of risk communication in socially and culturally diverse communities in the developed and developing world.

The interdisciplinary approach bridges academic research and applied policy action. Contributions from Latin America and Asia provide insight into global risk communication at a time when digital technologies have rapidly transformed conventional communication approaches. This book will be of critical interest to policy makers, academicians, and researchers, and will be a valuable reference source for university courses that focus on emergency management, risk communication, and resilience.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Risk Communication in the Digital Era

1. Text-To-Action: Understanding the Interaction between Accessibility of Wireless Emergency Alerts and Behavioral Response

DeeDee Bennett and Salimah LaForce

2. Bounded Rationality and Federal Disaster Recovery Information: Understanding Why Access to Information Matters

Jason D. Rivera

3. Public Expectations of and Responses to WEA Message Content

Bandana Kar, David M. Cochran, Jr., Joslyn Zale, Nicole E. Callais, and Xiaohui Liu

Part 2 Citizen Participation in Risk Communication and Resilience

4. River of Difference: Using Participatory Risk Mapping to Assess Perceived Risks in Laredo Texas, U.S.A. and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Andrew M. Hilburn and Thomas T. Zawisza

5. Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs): 30 Years as Cross-Sector Forums for Community Risk Communication

Ava M. Christie

6. Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Mitigation Planning Process

Suzanne L. Frew

7. Promoting Public Involvement in Disaster Risk Communication in Nigeria

Oluponmile Olonilua

Part 3 Role of Risk Communication in Resilience

8. Earthquake Early Warning Systems: International Experience

Frances L. Edwards, Daniel C. Goodrich, Margaret Hellweg, and Jennifer A. Strauss

9. The Role of Social Media in Enhancing Risk Communication and Promoting Community Resilience in the Midst of a Disaster

Kathryn E. Anthony, Steven J. Venette, Andrew S. Pyle, Brandon C. Boatwright, and Carrie E. Reif-Stice

10. The Ports Resilience Index: A Participatory Approach to Building Resilience

Lauren L. Morris and Tracie Sempier

11. Advancing Resilience Post-disaster: Improving Designer-User Communication in the Post-Lushan Earthquake Reconstruction and Recovery

Haorui Wu

Part 4 Challenges and Future Direction of Risk Communication

12. A Case Study of Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events, and Risk Communication in a Coastal Community

Christopher A. Craig, Elizabeth L. Petrun Sayers, and Song Feng

13. Waves of Change: Coastal Hazards, Tourism Development, and Risk Communication along the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua

Matthew L. Fahrenbruch

14. Risk and Crisis Communication in Schools: Understanding Current Challenges and Opportunities

Tyler G. Page, Brooke Fisher Liu, Holly Ann Roberts, and Michael Egnoto

15. The Use of Social Media in Crisis Communication

Amber Silver

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Bandana Kar is a Research Scientist in the National Security Emerging Technologies Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.

David M. Cochran, Jr. is a Professor of Geography in the School of Biological, Environmental and Earth Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA.