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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