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Table 6 Examples of disaster messages to prepare in advance

From: Preparing for effective communications during disasters: lessons from a World Health Organization quality improvement project

  Storms (hurricane, tornado) Floods, (Tsunamis) Conflicts Disease outbreak Chemical disaster
Dead bodies killed by natural disaster and conflict do not carry disease X X X   
Avoiding waterborne illness; sterilizing water X X   X X
Basic wound care and first aid X X X   
Vaccines and immunizations X X X X  
Personal protective equipment to avoid secondary injury X X   X X
Power outage safety: staying warm (or cool depending on the local weather conditions) X X X   
Power outage safety: carbon monoxide poisoning X X X   
Safety around loose power lines X X    
Identifying and avoiding gas leaks X X    
Do not send bulk donations; wait for specific requests X X X