Quality & Quantity

, Volume 52, Issue 2, pp 519–535 | Cite as

Unveiling cultures in emergency response communication networks on social media: following the 2016 Louisiana floods

  • Jungwon Yeo
  • Claire Connolly Knox
  • Kyujin Jung


While culture in emergency management has gained attention from the field of risk communication, few have systemically dealt with the nuances of general culture involved in the formation and differentiation of risk communication. To fill this gap, this research aims to first examine cultural nuances from the 2016 Louisiana flood response by primarily focusing on communications embedded in social media. The results from social network analysis and content analysis highlight that the flood response communication had strong cultural characteristics, highlighting the notion that of the cultures in Louisiana—faith-based, local authority, and nonprofits—were the prominent cultural responders in the flood response communication. In particular, cultural similarity in both intra/inter group response communication was observed, with each communication group comprising actors who shared a common cultural background and spoke similar keywords.


Louisiana floods Culture Response communication Social media Network analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jungwon Yeo
    • 1
  • Claire Connolly Knox
    • 2
  • Kyujin Jung
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Public Administration, College of Health and Public AffairsUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA
  2. 2.School of Public Administration, College of Health and Public AffairsUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA
  3. 3.Social Disaster & Safety Management Center, College of Liberal ArtsKorea UniversitySeoulKorea

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