Communicating During Emergencies: A Pandemic Influenza Tabletop Exercise

Risk & Crisis Communication
Exercises and Drills
University of Washington
Northwest PERLC

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This tabletop exercise simulates a major, multi-agency incident in a large county (with a population of two million). The tabletop will enable participants to identify the strengths and gaps in current policies, procedures, and resources related to communication systems during a pandemic influenza. Research findings from the Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center have been integrated into the tabletop design to help emergency response agencies create practice, protocols, and policy using an evidence base. Facilitators are encouraged to modify the background information to better fit their local communities.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Identify your agency’s current strengths and gaps in emergency communication and coordination
  • Review and list the roles, plans, and procedures related to emergency communication
  • Identify issues related to building effective communication channels between public health, health care, and the public, including vulnerable populations
  • Incorporate Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center findings into your agency’s communication practice, protocols, and policy
PHEP Capabilities: 
Community Preparedness