Risk communication professionals everywhere can head into 2022 with a comprehensive resource from world-renowned risk communicator Vincent Covello: the new release Communicating in Risk, Crisis, and High Stress Situations: Evidence-Based Strategies and Practice (Wiley-IEEE Press, December 2021).

The publisher’s text for the release follows:

Learn the unifying principles behind risk and crisis communication with this state-of-the-art reference written by leaders in the field

Communicating in Risk, Crisis, and High Stress Situations: Evidence-Based Strategies and Practice delivers an insightful analysis of key subject areas in this rapidly developing and interdisciplinary field. The book addresses the increasing fragmentation of the risk and crisis communication literature by identifying the unifying principles underlying the field. It brings together, in a common framework, the major principles, strategies, and tools of risk and crisis communication and shows how they relate to one another.

Designed as a one-stop reference for those in the engineering, technical, and scientific communities seeking a science- and evidence-based practical guide on how to effectively communicate in risk and crisis situations, the book provides a generalized way of thinking about risk and crisis communication. It introduces models that act as conceptual aids when thinking through a risk or crisis communication problems and draws heavily on the most celebrated recent contributions to the literature in a variety of disciplines.

Readers will also enjoy:

  • A thorough introduction to the types and definitions of risks and crises, as well as an overview of the risk and crisis communication landscape
  • An exploration of risk and crisis communication messaging
  • An examination of risk assessment and risk management, including their commonalities, differences, and applications
  • An analysis of formal risk management decision-making techniques and tools
  • Discussions of stakeholder engagement and participation, as well as disaster and emergency warning systems

Pathway Prompt: What’s your go-to resource on risk, high-concern, and crisis communications?

Communicating Effectively When Feelings, Fears, and Facts Collide

More information about risk, high-concern, and crisis communication can be found in Dr. Covello’s video-based course Pathway to Risk, High-Concern, and Crisis Communication.

This master class introduces communicators to the tools and techniques for communicating effectively—while providing greater insight into why audiences react the way they do during times of stress.

The course comprises nine video lectures and accompanying text modules, plus supplemental materials for putting valuable lessons into practice. More information about the course, including group rates and partnering opportunities, can be found by emailing info@pathwaycommunication.com.

Dr. Vincent Covello

Dr. Vincent Covello, director of the Center for Risk Communication, is one of the world’s leading experts and practitioners on risk, high-concern, and crisis communication. He is the author of more than 150 articles in scientific journals and the author/editor of more than 20 books.