Jeannette Sutton, Ph.D. 

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Warnings Resources

Here you will find a few useful resources on social behavioral responses to warnings and communicating warnings over social media. 

Public Response to Alerts and Warnings on Mobile Devices: Summary of a Workshop on Current Knowledge and Research Gaps.  
National Research Council of the National Academies
Jeannette Sutton, Workshop Co-Chair

This book presents a summary of the Workshop on Public Response to Alerts and Warnings on Mobile Devices: Current Knowledge and Research Gaps, held April 13 and 14, 2010, in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the National Research Council's Committee on Public Response to Alerts and Warnings on Mobile Devices: Current Knowledge and Research Needs.

The workshop was structured to gather inputs and insights from social science researchers, technologists, emergency management professionals, and other experts knowledgeable about how the public responds to alerts and warnings, focusing specifically on how the public responds to mobile alerting.



Social Media and Public Disaster Warnings Presentation

Social Media and Public Disaster Warnings by Dennis Mileti and Jeannette Sutton
This presentation was given by Dr. Dennis Mileti at the Ogma Workshop, June 30, 2009 and covers five topics relevant to social media and public disaster warnings:

  • The design of official warnings
  • Myths
  • Alerting the public
  • Public warning messages
  • Public response processes



First Responder Working Group Paper

Comprehensive Testing of Imminent Threat Public Messages for Mobile Devices by Hamilton Bean, Brooke Liu, Stephanie Madden, Dennis Mileti, Jeannette Sutton, Michele Wood

This project sought to determine the optimized message contents of imminent threat wireless emergency alert (WEA) messages delivered over mobile communication devices. This report presents findings for the first WEA messages disseminated  about imminent  threats (i.e., first alert messages) from  two research  phases with  U.S. adults: (1) eight experiments, seven focus groups and 50 think-out-loud interviews; and (2) a survey  of an actual “real world” severe flood in Boulder, Colorado. It also integrates findings from across study methods and provides actionable guidance and considerations for optimized message contents of imminent one-hour-to-impact threat alerts delivered over mobile communication devices.

Annotated Bibliographies on Warnings Research

Research on People in Community Disasters

This bibliography contains more than 350 annotated references to published documents that address the communication of hazards-related information to the public. Each reference is followed by a brief summary describing the main findings from the report, article, chapter, or book. Documents that address disaster preparedness and response are included, with a focus on hazards warnings and disaster evacuations. Studies include reference to both natural and technological hazards.

Research on Occupants in Building Disasters

This bibliography contains over 200 references to published documents that address the following topics related to building fires: 1) occupant training and education; 2) behavioral modeling of occupant evacuation from building fires; 3) occupant behavioral response to information, warnings, and cues in building fires; and 4) computer models used to simulate occupant evacuation from building fires. (2006)
Ogma Presentation Handout

Presentation handout from the Ogma Workshop on Web 2.0 and Homeland Security.
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