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Communication When It's Needed Most

In 1988 The Annenberg Washington Program convened a study group of diverse experts in science, media, technical communications, and disaster management to consider the application of communications to disasters. Led by Annenberg Senior Fellow David Webster, the Annenberg International Disaster Communications Project released its preliminary papers--International Disaster Communications Initiatives for Greater Effectiveness in Mitigating Sudden Catastrophes--in September 1988 at the International Institute of Communications annual conference in Washington, D.C. The final papers were published by the Program in May 1989 under the title Communication When It's Needed Most: How New Technology Could Help in Sudden Disasters.