Publication Date

Spring 2013


Today’s world is defined by, among other characteristics, borderless and unconventional threats, global challenges, and fast-paced change. HR has not been initially designed to organize or oversee crisis management. However HR’s role in training and development can contribute to an organization’s overall crisis management capacity, as well as to effective crisis communication in particular. Studies show that crisis-prepared companies have fewer crises to grapple with, stay in business longer and fare better in financial terms.


Suggested Citation
Thomas, D. & Zhou, C. (2013). What are some best HR practices in response to natural disasters in terms of training and communication? Retrieved [insert date] from Cornell University, ILR School site:

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