Behaviour Change Communication In Emergencies: A Toolkit

Publication language
Date published
01 Jan 2006
Tools, guidelines and methodologies
Comms, media & information, Disasters, Epidemics & pandemics

Communication preparedness when a disaster strikes allows us to proactively assist as well as mobilise partner agencies, families and communities in mitigating the impact of such natural disaster.

Preparing and responding successfully to emergencies require that evidence-based behaviour change communication strategies become an integral part of emergency preparedness plans and training. Our communication efforts will result in improved health, hygiene, protective and caring practices. It will also lead to positive collective action and informed demand among affected communities for emergency assistance, supplies and services. All these actions are crucial in protecting and promoting the well-being of children, women and their families when a disaster strikes.

Experience has shown that affected members of communities can become effective agents of behaviour change and mobilisers for disaster preparedness and response. We emphasise the participation of adults, children and young people in recovery, relief and rehabilitation as integral to any strategic communication action plan.