Topic 3: Use a planning process that incorporates effective risk communication principles

These communication advices are targeted to teachers as they can introduce new planning processes to their school on an interorganizational level.

To communicate during emergencies, ensure a rapid, regular, and comprehensive flow of information.  Also take into account effective risk communication principles: transparency, rapid announcements, listening, and building trust.

If you are part of a larger school consortium you should speak as one voice to maintain trust and encourage appropriate action.

Most importantly: In an emergency, messaging must be consistent.

Trained emergency communications experts can be deployed to provide on-site communication assistance during humanitarian crises and public health emergencies.

Support community engagement

Timely community engagement is particularly significant during health emergencies. To support community involvement, communicators can:

  • coordinate with institutions, community networks and partner schools to reach the class
  • use toolkits to create well-timed local messages.