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PrepTalks: Modernizing Public Warning Messaging

PrepTalks GraphicDr. Dennis Mileti’s PrepTalk, “Modernizing Public Warning Messaging,” presents research on how to design and disseminate alerts and warning information that encourages public action. He also emphasizes that “multiple dissemination channels for public disaster warnings yield quicker and more comprehensive audience penetration,” Mileti says. “One technology is insufficient because you need multiple technologies to reach different sub-populations in an at-risk audience.” He is the author of more than 100 publications.

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Dr. Dennis S. Mileti is a professor emeritus at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he served as Director of the Natural Hazards Center from 1994–2003, and as Chair of the Department of Sociology. He is the author of more than 100 publications, most of which discuss societal aspects of hazards and disasters. His book "Disasters by Design" summarized knowledge in all fields of science and engineering regarding natural hazards and disasters, and made recommendations for shifts in national policies and programs. Dr. Mileti has had the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting hazards-related projects over the years including providing oversight to the U.S. Army Corps’ investigation of why the levees failed during Hurricane Katrina and ensuing societal impacts, for which he was awarded the U.S. Army’s Civilian Medal of Honor; and he designed and oversaw the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s congressional study of evacuation of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. He has chaired the Committee on Disasters in the National Research Council of the National Academies, and the Board of Visitors to FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute. Dennis also served as a California Seismic Safety Commissioner, and he has worked as a consultant in the private, public, and legal sectors in matters related to emergency management and public risk communication.

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04/18/2019 - 15:02