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Public Communications and Warnings


Public Communications and Warnings

Project Title Investigators Project Period
How Forecasters Decide to Warn: Insights on Tornado Risk Communication from the Southeast U.S. Brooke Liu, Emina Herovic September, 2017 to August, 2019
Social Identity and Perceptions of Counterterrorism Demis Glasford July, 2012 to December, 2017
Towards an Understanding of Explosive Detection Technology Adoption: Results from Two Surveys Brooke Liu May, 2016 to June, 2017
School Emergency Public Information and Warning/Information Sharing Brooke Liu, Holly Roberts October, 2015 to September, 2016
Understanding Tornado Warnings, False Alarms, and Complacency, and Proposing Theory-Directed Solutions for Effective Warnings Michael Egnoto, Brooke Liu October, 2015 to September, 2016
Comprehensive Testing of Imminent Threat Public Messages for Mobile Devices (MDP) Brooke Liu, Hamilton Bean, Marcus A. Boyd, Michele Wood June, 2012 to June, 2015
Mobile Radiation Detectors: Threat Perception and Device Acceptance Brooke Liu, Elizabeth Petrun Sayers, Gary Ackerman April, 2014 to April, 2015
Social Media Use during Disasters Brooke Liu July, 2012 to October, 2013
Training in Risk and Crisis Communication (TRACC) Brooke Liu, Elizabeth Petrun Sayers, Katherine Worboys Izsak August, 2011 to October, 2013
Preparedness for Catastrophic Events Hamilton Bean, Kathleen Smarick, Monica Schoch-Spana, Paul Harwood November, 2008 to November, 2010
The Role for State Governments in Community Resilience Ann Bowman June, 2008 to May, 2010
Modeling and Simulation of Public Response to Threat and Attacks June, 2005 to June, 2009
Textual Analysis of Electronic Media Coverage of Homeland Security-Related Risks Lisa Keranen September, 2006 to May, 2009
National Household Survey Linda Bourque July, 2005 to May, 2009
Organizational Dimensions of Risk Communication During Homeland Security Crises Caron Chess June, 2005 to May, 2009
Communicating Risk of Mass Casualty Terrorism in Diverse Communities Elaine Vaughan May, 2005 to May, 2009
Effective Organizational Communication During Crises: Learning from the 2001 Anthrax Attacks Caron Chess May, 2005 to May, 2009
Campus Dialogues Jonathan Wilkenfeld January, 2006 to May, 2008
Best Practices for Preparing Communities: Citizen Engagement in Public Health Planning Monica Schoch-Spana May, 2005 to May, 2008
Project Title Publication Date START Authors Publication Type
Advancing Understanding of Tornado Warnings, False Alarms, and Complacency September 2017 Liu, Brooke; Roberts, Holly; Egnoto, Michael Research Brief
Annotated Bibliography for Public Risk Communication on Warnings for Public Protective Actions Response and Public Education September 2006 Mileti, Dennis; Bourque, Linda Report
Building Resilience to Violent Extremism Among Somali-Americans in Minneapolis-St.Paul August 2012 Weine, Stevan Report
Building Resilience to Violent Extremism Among Somali-Americans in Minneapolis-St.Paul Handout May 2012 Weine, Stevan Research Brief
Congress Report: Experts' Recommendations on Enacting Best Practices in Risk and Crisis Communication October 2013 Liu, Brooke; Madden, Stephanie Journal Article
Elites and Panic: more to fear than fear itself January 2008 Chess, Caron Journal Article
Executive Summary: Understanding Risk Communication Best Practices and Theory May 2012 Liu, Brooke Report
Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words? The Effects of Maps and Warning Messages on How Publics Respond to Disaster Information April 2017 Liu, Brooke; Mileti, Dennis; Bean, Hamilton; Egnoto, Michael; Wood, Michele Journal Article
Milling and Public Warnings May 2017 Liu, Brooke; Mileti, Dennis; Bean, Hamilton; Wood, Michele Journal Article
Miscommunication during the anthrax attacks: How events reveal organizational failures January 2007 Chess, Caron Journal Article
Public Response to Terrorism: Findings from the National Survey of Disaster Experiences and Preparedness November 2008 Mileti, Dennis; Bourque, Linda Report
Public Responses to Extreme Events: Top 5 Disaster Myths October 2005 Schoch-Spana, Monica Conference Paper
RCPGP Warning System Integration Research Project Final Report November 2010 Mileti, Dennis; Bean, Hamilton Report
Resilient American Communities: Progress in Practice and Policy March 2010 Schoch-Spana, Monica Journal Article
Risk Communication Training: Research Findings and Recommendations for Training Development February 2013 Liu, Brooke; Petrun, Elizabeth; Izsak, Katherine Worboys; Madden, Stephanie Report
Schools in the Shadow of Terrorism: Psychosocial Adjustment and Interest in Interventions Following Terror Attacks November 2009 Pfefferbaum, Betty; Pfefferbaum, Rose Book Review
Social Media Use during Disasters: A Review of the Knowledge Base and Gaps December 2012 Liu, Brooke; Fraustino, Julia; Jin, Yan Report
Social Media Use during Disasters Fact Sheet May 2013 Liu, Brooke; Fraustino, Julia; Jin, Yan Project Fact Sheet
Taking Effective Risk and Crisis Communication for Granted? August 2013 Liu, Brooke; Petrun, Elizabeth Discussion Point
Training in Risk and Crisis Communication Modules: Project Fact Sheet December 2013 Liu, Brooke; Petrun, Elizabeth Project Fact Sheet
Understanding Risk Communication Best Practices: A Guide for Emergency Managers and Communicators May 2012 Liu, Brooke Report
Universal Preventive Interventions for Children in the Context of Disasters and Terrorism April 2014 Pfefferbaum, Betty
Vulnerability and Resilience in Local Government: Assessing the Strength of Performance Regimes September 2009 Bowman, Ann Journal Article
Who Prepares for Terrorism? April 2012 Mileti, Dennis; Bourque, Linda Journal Article
Image Title Job Title Institution
Ann Norwood

Senior Associate

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Elizabeth Petrun Elizabeth Petrun Sayers

Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist

RAND Corporation
Emina Herovic

Assistant Clinical Professor

University of Maryland
Hamilton Bean Hamilton Bean

Assistant Professor

University of Colorado Denver
Holly Roberts

Program Manager, Risk Communication & Resilience Program, START

University of Maryland
Irina A. Iles

Senior Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Jeremy G. Carter

Associate Professor and Director of Criminal Justice, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Julia Fraustino, START Julia Fraustino

Incoming Assistant Professor

West Virginia University
Stephanie Madden Stephanie Madden

Doctoral Student

University of Maryland
Tara Kirk Sell

Senior Associate

Johns Hopkins University
Tyler Page

Ph.D. Candidate

University of Maryland
Yan Jin Yan Jin

Associate Professor of Public Relations

University of Georgia
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