Analysis of Risk Communication Strategies and Approaches with At-Risk Populations to Enhance Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery: Final Report. III. Findings

12/01/2008

Our discussion of study findings has five subsections. We first summarize some of the key risk communication planning and implementation activities planned and underway across the site visits (III A). We then highlight those innovative practices that are at the forefront of risk communication for at-risk populations (III B). We follow with a brief summary of evaluations undertaken to either assess needs of at-risk populations or to assess the impact of risk communication efforts (III C). We also describe the challenges and barriers to risk communication that sites face (III D), present future risk communication opportunities identified by informants (III E), and end this section by presenting some limitations (III F).

Within each of these subsections, we organize our findings in accordance with the CDC guidance framework introduced in the beginning of this report. Thus, we highlight the risk communication activities for at-risk populations in five areas: (1) developing emergency response plans that include the media, public, partners, and stakeholders; (2) conducting trainings, drills, and exercises that include risk communication for at-risk populations; (3) coordinating risk communication planning with state/local agencies and non-government partners; (4) training key state and local public health spokespersons in risk communication principles and standards; and (5) establishing mechanisms to translate emergency messages into priority languages spoken.

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