Public communication needs during incidents involving emergency decontamination.

Holly Carter, John Drury, G. James Rubin, Richard Williams, Richard Amlot

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The threat of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive incidents has increased because of technological advancements and the wiliness of terrorists to use unconventional weapons. Emergency responders can use interventions such as decontamination and quarantine during such incidents. However, when emergency responders do not communicate effectively, public anxiety could increase and compliance with decontamination could be poor, reducing the efficacy of decontamination and creating a secondary contamination hazard for receiving hospitals. There is a need to examine whether current procedures sufficiently acknowledge public communication needs.
Original languageEnglish
TypeMeeting Abstracts
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2012


  • public communication
  • incidents
  • emergency decontamination
  • guidance for responders


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