Discussion Question Week 6

Disaster communications for response and recovery are multifaceted. Warning signs, distress alerts, and even the use of mobile-to-mobile applications have changed the way preparedness activities are conveyed. In order to communicate response and recovery efforts, you must also establish a context for implementing preparedness.

This is where the development of communication networks comes into play. Since the 1980s, news coverage and broadcasts of emergencies and major disasters have increased dramatically. The proliferation of media coverage of emergencies and major disasters not only serves to educate the public, but also to extend public scrutiny of the response efforts beyond those just in the disaster area.

Consequently, the skill set of emergency managers extends beyond traditional methods of preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and disasters. Emergency managers must become proficient in disaster communications. Establishing communication networks—such as distress hotlines, warning messages displayed on the television or radio, and even text messages or print warnings on electronic devices—holds immense potential for communicating the urgency of disaster response and recovery. Effectively communicating response efforts, assuaging public criticism, and amassing support for continued relief are essential methods of ensuring a smooth transition from response to recovery.

For this Discussion, review the Learning Resources for this week. Consider the role of technology, science, and engineering in disaster communications.

Post an explanation of the role of technology, science, and engineering in disaster communications. Provide at least two specific examples of communications in your region and how technology, science, or engineering played a role.

Be sure to use the Learning Resources and current literature to support your response

Huder, R. C. (2012). Disaster operations and decision making. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

  • Chapter 6, “The Press, Friend and Foe” (pp. 111–126)
  • Chapter 7, “The National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System” (pp. 127–158)

Phillips, B. D. (2015). Disaster recovery (2nd ed.). Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis Group.

  • Chapter 10, “Social Psychological Recovery” (pp. 305-338)

Sylves, R. (2015). Disaster policy and politics: Emergency management and homeland security (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: CQ Press.

  • Chapter 5, “The Role of Scientists and Engineers” (pp. 126-152)

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