CRITIC’S CORNER: Homeland Security Warnings: Lessons learned and Unlearned

August 2004 (VOL. 22, NO. 2)

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The intent in this paper is to examine the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) in light of existing knowledge about effective warning systems in the social science of disasters, to point out some of the important difficulties faced by this federal program and to offer an alternative approach to increase the resilience of communities faced with the threat of terrorism.