This updated publication provides practical advice and guidance on the nature of messages and information to share with the public, for use by all institutions with a responsibility for improving the safety of communities at risk and to mitigate the impact of shocks, hazards and disasters. Governments, nongovernmental organizations, the United Nations and others can all use this guidance for national adaptation and to help prepare households. Active, consistent and clear messaging is vital to create a culture of safety and common understanding.
It contains revised messages that cover additional hazards, and more details on key issues to be considered for effective disaster preparedness, such as climate change, gender and inclusion. There is also greater guidance on child protection, school safety and community engagement. We see it as a significant contribution to our collective work to reduce disaster risks, and ultimately save lives.
Publication date: 31/12/2018
Document status: Final