Virtually every day, crisis and emergency risk communication is needed somewhere in public health. Whenever a crisis occurs, communicators must to be ready to provide information to help people make the best possible decisions for their health and well-being. This must be done in rapid timeframes and without knowing everything about the crisis. Yet often the types of disasters that public health must address can be anticipated. CDC has developed a process for planning and conducting crisis and emergency risk communication. On this page you will find this process and a wealth of information to help you prepare if an emergency occurs and you are part of the response team.
Emergency Preparedness and Response – CDC Emergency Prepardness and Response Homepage.
Communicating in the First Hours – Messages and other resources for federal, state, local, and tribal public health officials to use during a response to an emergency.
Primer on Health Risk Communication (focusing on The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry - ATSDR) – Information for Health Communicators providing a framework of principles and approaches for the coomunications of health risk information to diverse audience.
Risk Communicator Issue 1 – Information and resource for emergency risk communicators.
Risk Communicator Issue 2 – Risk Communicator Newsletter providing information and resources for emergency risk communicators.
Risk Communicator Issue 3 – Information and resource to help emergency risk communicators prepare and effectively respond in the event of a crisis.
Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) – Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) homepage providing information and resources for training in crisis an emergency risk communication.
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