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Robert C. Chandler, Ph.D.

Robert C. Chandler, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert on communication. His subject matter expertise includes more than 30 years of applied research into factors impacting effective communication and performance exploring key “human factors” including psychological and physiological variables as well as critical processes, modalities and message factors. He is a leading authority on emergency communication, human interactions during disasters and a wide range of crisis communication and crisis management contexts. Dr. Chandler has produced nine books and more than 175 scholarly and professional white papers and other published resources. He has consulted globally with public and private sector entities as well as with leading emergency communication solutions providers. He is a praised featured speaker, presenter and seminar leader for many professional associations, national and international conferences and corporate clients. Dr. Chandler holds his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, his Master’s from Wake Forest University and his Bachelor’s from Harding College.

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Earthquake Magnitude vs. Intensity: More Effectively Communicating Risks and Consequences

Posted by Robert C. Chandler, Ph.D. on January 10, 2017

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) neither the USGS nor any other scientists have ever successfully predicted a major earthquake. Given the lack of a demonstrably reliable prediction capability, the USGS therefore focuses their efforts on the long-term mitigation of earthquake hazards (i.e. by helping to improve the safety of structures or promoting preparedness), rather than by trying to accomplish short-term predictive warnings. However, based on scientific data, probabilities can be calculated for potential future earthquakes. For example, scientists estimate that over the next 30 years the probability of a magnitude 7 earthquake occurring in Northern California is 76% and 75% in Southern California.

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Topics: emergency management, natural disaster, risks

Earthquake Disaster: Preparing for Old Risks in New Places

Posted by Robert C. Chandler, Ph.D. on December 13, 2016

A report published last year(1) includes recent analysis that dramatically expands the North American earthquake threat risk projections to now include almost half of the entire USA population and has also increased the severity projections for previously acknowledged regions. In many cases, those in these newly upgraded risk zones remain unaware and unprepared for earthquakes.

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Topics: risk of quake, Earthquake disaster, risks

Earthquake Disaster: Preparing for the Really Big One

Posted by Robert C. Chandler, Ph.D. on November 14, 2016
The risks of “the Big One,” (a catastrophic major earthquake disaster in the southern California area), as 
well as newly recognized increased earthquake risks in other regions of North America have been considered by many. However, there is yet another potentially catastrophic earthquake zone that is less well known and deserves serious consideration as well, namely the Cascadia Fault earthquake threat in the U.S. northwest region. It is what Vicky Gan, writing in City Lab, noted that the New Yorker feature
article on the risk called “ the Really Big One.”
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Topics: Earthquake, Big One, Cascadia Rising

Earthquake Disaster: Anticipating “The Big One”

Posted by Robert C. Chandler, Ph.D. on September 29, 2016

Recent analysis has raised the probability forecast for a major 8.0 or greater magnitude earthquake striking California within the next three decades.  Further, related forecasts predict a 99.9 percent probability of a 5.0 magnitude LA-area earthquake striking within the next three years2. The “Big One” is usually assorted with the large San Andreas Fault that runs most of the length of the state. That fault has produced earthquakes of this magnitude in the past and the probably is that it could trigger another giant quake again in the future

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Topics: Earthquake, Big One

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