A pilot investigation in constructing crisis communications: What leads to best practice?

Rachel M. Firestone, George S. Everly

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Crisis communications can play an important role in mitigating, or exacerbating, the psychological and behavioral reactions to critical incidents and disasters. Effective crisis communications can serve to mitigate anxiogenesis and direct rapid and focused rescue, recovery, and rehabilitative operations. Ambiguous and/or deceptive communications can serve to worsen mental health reactions and delay operational response and recovery (Everly, Strouse, & Everly, 2010). It seems, therefore, that inquiry into the content of acute crisis communications would be warranted. Said more simply, given limited time, cryptic messaging in social media, and the "sound bite" mentality that seems to govern news dissemination, it is important to identify the most important content to convey in the wake of critical incidents and disasters. This paper reports on a pilot investigation into "best practices" for the construction of acute crisis communications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-164
Number of pages6
JournalInternational journal of emergency mental health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 30 2013


  • Crisis communications
  • Disaster communications
  • Social media and crisis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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