Engaging the Public in Critical Disaster Planning and Decision Making

National Academy Press /Theresa Wizemann, Megan Reeve, and Bruce Altevogt, Rapporteurs; Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events; Board on Health Sciences Policy
http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18396#close

Engaging the Public in Critical Disaster Planning and Decision Making is the summary of a workshop held in March 2013 to discuss the key principles of public engagement during the development of disaster plans, the response phase, and during the dissemination phase when interested community partners and the general public are informed of the policies that have been adopted. Presenters provided specific examples of resources to assist jurisdictions in planning public engagement activities as well as challenges experienced and potential solutions. This report introduces key principles of public engagement, provides practical guidance on how to plan and implement a public engagement activity, and presents tools to facilitate planning.

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