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Risk communications and its importance in disaster management

Brendan Patrick Gill

Abstract


During the onslaught of hurricane Katrina on the gulf coast of the United States in August 2005, local emergency planning officials, state agencies, and federal entities came together to impress upon those still left in the danger zone to evacuate. Unfortunately, more than 100,000 people remained in the danger area because of various reasons. In this piece, the author will examine Protective Action Recommendations, proper and poor risk communications, and the need for emergency management officials to keep the pulse of those that they serve.

Keywords


protective action recommendations, communications, FEMA, NOAA, New Orleans, Katrina

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References


FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency Web site. Available at www.fema.gov. Accessed October 27, 2007.

NOAA/NWS: National Weather Service Web site. Available at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/warn_archive/LIX/TOR/0829_133900.txt. Accessed October 27, 2007.

US Commission: US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Web site. Available at http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/emerg-preparedness/protect-public/protective-action.html. Accessed October 27, 2007.

LSP: Louisiana State Police Web site. Available at http://www.lsp.org/lcadeg.html. Accessed October 27, 2007.




DOI: https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.2007.0028

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