Communicating with university students in an emergency. A survey of what they know and how to reach them

by Baldwin, Timothy D'arcy

Abstract (Summary)
The recent emergencies on college campuses including the Virginia Tech massacre of April, 2007, the Northern Illinois University shootings and the Union University tornado highlight the importance of disaster preparedness within the university community. This study is a survey exploring the daily rhythms of student life, the communication channels open to students and students composition and characteristics. This survey finds that students have frequent access to communication technologies which can be utilized as warning channels. The study also concludes that many students do not actively seek out information relative to emergency preparedness and the gaps in the populations knowledge require increased disaster education by the university.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Stephanie Haas

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:natural disaster warning systems research emergency management united states disasters universities and colleges safety measures


Date of Publication:04/25/2008

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