Improbable Success: Risk Communication and the Terrorism Hazard   [open pdf - 354KB]

From the thesis abstract: "This research considers whether America's efforts to warn the public of terrorism can be improved by utilizing risk communication principles with the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS), or if not, how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should handle risk communication in the future. The research proceeds from the assumption that the HSAS is irreparably flawed, due to specific public communication issues unique to terrorism. This research uses a policy analysis method to establish a better understanding of the impact and implications of the HSAS on homeland security. Existing literature on this subject is either abundant for hazards other than terrorism or minimal and watered down when terrorism is grouped with 'all-hazards.' Unforeseen future changes in technology, politics, and society will require continued review of this subject matter and related policy; it is anticipated that this research will help those future efforts. There is no evidence that the American public can be provided with more than vague and general information regarding threats of terrorism and the specificity required by risk communication principles is better used to support prevention efforts. Recommendations for future homeland security risk communication policy address the formation and sustainment of public resiliency through education."

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