Coping with communication challenges after the Formosa Fun Coast Dust Explosion

Sheuwen Chuang, Chia Hsin Cheng, Hsiao Chun Chen, Ching An Lee, David D. Woods

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The Formosa Fun Coast Dust Explosion (FFCDE) occurred on 27 June 2015. It is the largest man-made disaster in Taiwan's history. The paper explores how participating actors dealt with the communication challenges to rescue 499 burn victims from the disaster scene and provide resuscitation and life support for mass burn casualties in hospitals following the FFCDE. Data collection was via review of government reports and journal publications as well as in-depth individual interviews with 36 key participants in this event. Technological communication issues and human related communication issues were identified. The analysis reveals that the remodel of local incident command post at the disaster scene improved the difficulties caused by inadequate communications, and hospital staff' resilience to adapt was based on anticipation in the face of uncertainty and on coordination across roles and units to keep pace with the time varying demands.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - Resilience Week 2018, RWS 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538669136
Publication statusPublished - Sept 26 2018
Event2018 Resilience Week, RWS 2018 - Denver, United States
Duration: Aug 21 2018Aug 23 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - Resilience Week 2018, RWS 2018


Conference2018 Resilience Week, RWS 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • disastem management
  • disaster communication
  • emergency reponse
  • resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Control and Optimization


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