Revisiting the Gulf Coast: Hurricane Ike and Issues of Crisis Communication

By Jennifer A. Burke, Patric R. Spence and Kenneth A. Lachlan.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This study compared differences in crisis preparation, information seeking patterns, and media use across ethnicity in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. Surveys were collected from 691 individuals In the Houston area. The results indicated similar discrepancies in crisis preparation and information seeking to those documented two years earlier in the aftermath of Katrina. The results also demonstrated a continued need to create messages encouraging crisis preparation, especially among at-risk subpopulations. Discussion is given to the glaring necessity for emergency managers to both design and place multiple emergency messages and to form strong interpersonal bonds with members of historically underserved communities.

Keywords: Crisis Communication, Race, Emergency Management, Hurricane Ike

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.203-214. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 621.272KB).

Dr. Jennifer A. Burke

Associate Program Dean, Onsite Programs, Prairie View A&M University, Houston, Texas, USA

Dr. Jennifer A. Burke is an Associate Professor who is published in crisis communication and public health. She has articles published in the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, Sociological Spectrum, Journal of Emergency Medical Management, Louisiana Journal of Communication, Howard Journal of Communication and the Northwest Journal of Communication.

Dr. Patric R. Spence

Assistant Professor, Communication Department, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Dr. Patric Spence is a researcher and author who has published extensively on crisis and risk communication media. His scholarly works include numerous publications in notable journals such as the Journal of Black Studies, Applied Communication Theory, Journal for the Poor and Underserved, and The Howard Journal of Communication. He is also a faculty member at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Kenneth A. Lachlan

Associate Professor, Sociology, Communications, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Dr. Kenneth Lachlan is an Associate Professor and has published numerous articles in crisis communication in scholarly journals which include but are not limited to the Journal of Black Studies, The Howard Journal of Communication, Sociological Spectrum, Applied Communication and The Journal for the Poor and Under-served. He has also recently published a textbook on crisis communication.

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