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Talking About Disasters: Guide for Standard Messages

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This document is produced by the Coalition of Organizations for Disaster Education, a forum of 17 private and government agencies. The purpose of the Talking About Disaster: Guide for Standard Messages is to assist those who provide disaster safety information to the general public. The guide contains awareness and action messages intended to help people reduce their risk of injury or loss in the event of natural and human-caused disasters. Awareness messages provide general information about the threats presented by each type of disaster. Action messages describe what people should do to prepare for and get safely through a disaster. Also included are statistics and other supporting information that reinforce the credibility and importance of each message.

Users of the guide may include emergency managers, meteorologists, teachers, disaster (natural and human-caused) educators, public affairs/public relations personnel, cooperative extension agents, mitigation specialists, media personnel, and communicators.

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