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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, Anita Atwell Seate September, 2017 to August, 2019
Mobile Radiation Detectors: Threat Perception and Device Acceptance Brooke Liu, Elizabet Petrun Sayers, Gary Ackerman, Steve Sin, Thomas Guarrieri April, 2014 to April, 2019
Resources and Resilience: A Computational Model of Strategic Influence January, 2018 to June, 2018
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
Social Media Use during Disasters Brooke Liu July, 2012 to October, 2013
Training in Risk and Crisis Communication (TRACC) Brooke Liu, Elizabet Petrun Sayers, Katherine Worboys Izsak August, 2011 to October, 2013
Preparedness for Catastrophic Events Dennis Mileti, 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 Dennis Mileti 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 Dennis Mileti, Linda Bourque July, 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 Typesort descending
Mobile Technology and the Transformation of Public Alert and Warning October 2019 Bean, Hamilton Book
Terse Message Amplification in the Boston Bombing Response May 2014 Sutton, Jeannette Conference Paper
The Study of Mobile Public Warning Messages: A Research Review and Agenda February 2015 Liu, Brooke; Mileti, Dennis; Bean, Hamilton; Sutton, Jeannette; Wood, Michele; Madden, Stephanie Journal Article
Improving Shadow Evacuation Management: Case Study of the Graniteville, South Carolina, Chlorine Spill January 2007 Cutter, Susan Journal Article
Resilient American Communities: Progress in Practice and Policy March 2010 Schoch-Spana, Monica Journal Article
Miscommunication during the Anthrax Attacks: How Events Reveal Organizational Failures January 2007 Chess, Caron Journal Article
Willingness to Click: Risk Information Seeking during Imminent Threats August 2017 Sutton, Jeannette Journal Article
Elites and Panic: More to Fear than Fear Itself December 2008 Chess, Caron Journal Article
What it Takes to Get Passed On: Message Content, Style, and Structure as Predictors of Retransmission in the Boston Marathon Bombing Response August 2015 Sutton, Jeannette Journal Article
“Death was not in the agenda for the day”: Emotions, Behavioral Reactions, and Perceptions in Response to the 2018 Hawaii Wireless Emergency Alert February 2019 Sutton, Jeannette Journal Article
Metaphors Matter: Disaster Myths, Media Frames, and their Consequences in Hurricane Katrina March 2006 Tierney, Kathleen Journal Article
Alerts and Warnings on Short Messaging Channels: Guidance from an Expert Panel Process May 2019 Sutton, Jeannette Journal Article
Challenges and Opportunities for Pre-Crisis Emergency Risk Communication: Lessons Learned from the Earthquake Community February 2019 Herovic, Emina Journal Article
How Publics’ Active and Passive Communicative Behaviors Affect their Tornado Responses: An Integration of STOPS and SMCC August 2019 Liu, Brooke; Egnoto, Michael Journal Article
Understanding Motivated Publics during Disasters: Examining Message Functions, Frames, and Styles of Social Media Influentials and Followers October 2019 Liu, Brooke Journal Article
Who Prepares for Terrorism? April 2012 Mileti, Dennis; Bourque, Linda Journal Article
Tornado Warning: Understanding the National Weather Service’s Communication Strategies January 2020 Atwell Seate, Anita; Liu, Brooke; Herovic, Emina; Iles, Irina A. Journal Article
Congress Report: Experts' Recommendations on Enacting Best Practices in Risk and Crisis Communication October 2013 Liu, Brooke; Madden, Stephanie Journal Article
“You Are Here”: Assessing the Inclusion of Maps in a Campus Emergency Alert System March 2021 Herovic, Emina Journal Article
Universal Preventive Interventions for Children in the Context of Disasters and Terrorism April 2014 Pfefferbaum, Betty Journal Article
A Process View of Crisis Misinformation: How Public Relations Professionals Detect, Manage, and Evaluate Crisis Misinformation June 2021 Liu, Brooke Journal Article
Disaster Warnings in Your Pocket: How Audiences Interpret Mobile Alerts for an Unfamiliar Hazard March 2016 Liu, Brooke; Mileti, Dennis; Bean, Hamilton; Sutton, Jeannette; Wood, Michele; Madden, Stephanie Journal Article
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; Sutton, Jeannette; Egnoto, Michael; Wood, Michele; Madden, Stephanie Journal Article
Milling and Public Warnings May 2017 Liu, Brooke; Mileti, Dennis; Bean, Hamilton; Sutton, Jeannette; Wood, Michele; Madden, Stephanie Journal Article
Annotated Bibliography for Public Risk Communication on Warnings for Public Protective Actions Response and Public Education September 2006 Mileti, Dennis; Sutton, Jeannette; Bourque, Linda; Wood, Michele Report
Advancing Understanding of Tornado Warnings, False Alarms, and Complacency September 2017 Liu, Brooke; Roberts, Holly; Egnoto, Michael Research Brief
Building Resilience to Violent Extremism Among Somali-Americans in Minneapolis-St.Paul Handout May 2012 Weine, Stevan Research Brief
Taking Effective Risk and Crisis Communication for Granted? August 2013 Liu, Brooke; Petrun, Elizabeth Discussion Point
Social Media Use during Disasters Fact Sheet May 2013 Liu, Brooke; Fraustino, Julia; Jin, Yan Project Fact Sheet
Training in Risk and Crisis Communication Modules: Project Fact Sheet December 2013 Liu, Brooke; Petrun, Elizabeth Project Fact Sheet
RCPGP Warning System Integration Research Project Final Report November 2010 Mileti, Dennis; Bean, Hamilton START Reports
Risk Communication Training: Research Findings and Recommendations for Training Development February 2013 Liu, Brooke; Petrun Sayers, Elizabeth; Izsak, Katherine Worboys; Madden, Stephanie START Reports
Social Media Use during Disasters: A Review of the Knowledge Base and Gaps December 2012 Liu, Brooke; Fraustino, Julia; Jin, Yan START Reports
Building Resilience to Violent Extremism Among Somali-Americans in Minneapolis-St.Paul August 2012 Weine, Stevan START Reports
Understanding Risk Communication Best Practices: A Guide for Emergency Managers and Communicators May 2012 Liu, Brooke START Reports
Executive Summary: Understanding Risk Communication Best Practices and Theory May 2012 Liu, Brooke START Reports
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Holly Roberts

Affiliated Faculty, Strategic Communications Lead at Akoya

Madeline Romm Madeline Romm

Researcher/Project Manager, START

University of Maryland
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