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New Risk Communication Documents

August 22, 2008

I received two new documents from the always useful CERC listserv (email listserv@cdc.gov; no subject; CERC your email address your full name) today.

First is something that I’ve heard was coming down the pike for a while – the pan flu storybook. As I noted before, this was an effort by the CDC to write down the stories of people who survived either the 1918 Spanish flu, the 1957 pandemic, and their families and friends. Organized by Ms. Sharon Hoskins, it’s an amazing resource – and a really interesting read. If you get a few minutes to learn about something we’re all preparing for, please do check it out. Also of note is that they’re continuing to collect stories, about the 1918 flu, the 1957 flu and the 1968 flu. If you’v got a story to submit, I’d love to read it in the storybook.

The second thing was the announcement of a new newsletter geared specifically toward this topic of emergency risk communication. Now, there are already excellent newsletters on this topic, but in an era when best practices are seemingly established every day, it can’t hurt to at least skim the titles of another newsletter.

The articles in this, the inaugural issue, are:

There’s some really great stuff coming out of the ERC center these days, and it’s available to be used–so use it!

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