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Communicating During a Disaster

Written by  John Linstrom

It is hard to pick up a paper or listen to the news without being reminded of the ever-increasing amount of natural and manmade disasters occurring in today’s world. Currently, there are reports of tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest; at the end of summer, we’ll see the focus on hurricanes; and spattered throughout the year wild fires, earthquakes, and tsunamis inevitably hit the news. Mother Nature is not the only disaster-causing agent throughout our growing global framework. Industrial accidents and other related workplace incidents resulting in emergency situations spill over into the surrounding communities. Our world faces an escalation of workplace violence, civil disobedience, and terrorist attacks which threaten citizens in public settings. The effects of these rising catastrophic events are devastating to the associated populations and organizations. Effective planning, response, and two-way communication are essential in limiting the impact of disasters. In days gone by, government agencies, commercial enterprises,