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Communicating Security Threats – Technology Brings Opportunity and Challenge

The Warning Project has been closely following the range of developments related to the challenge of effectively communicating security threats to those at risk or potential risk. New technologies are giving us amazing communication capacity that we could only imagine a few years ago. But using that capacity effectively and efficiently to achieve our primary [...]

Communicating Security Threats – Technology Brings Opportunity and Challenge 2019-06-13T14:40:59+00:00

Strengthening Human/Animal Health Emergency Communication in Myanmar

Few countries have been more complicated to work with in recent years than Myanmar. Which is why The Warning Project was so excited to be invited by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to support its efforts to build risk communication capacity to respond to human/animal health emergencies and zoonotic outbreaks in the country. [...]

Strengthening Human/Animal Health Emergency Communication in Myanmar 2019-06-13T14:33:16+00:00

A better system for active-shooter alerts on campuses

One obvious way to spread urgent messages faster at universities is to leverage the online and social media networks of students themselves   Last week, somewhere deep in the labyrinth of the Carleton University security system in Ottawa, someone hit the wrong key at the wrong time. We all do this. But more often than [...]

A better system for active-shooter alerts on campuses 2019-02-25T11:48:53+00:00

Hard work ahead on new emergency alert system

Joshua Greenberg, John Rainford May 2, 2018  Canada’s new public alerting system is a welcome development in emergency preparedness, but carries its own set of risks and potential disappointments. Shortly before 10 a.m. on October 22, 2014, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, standing guard at the steps of the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, tragically lost his [...]

Hard work ahead on new emergency alert system 2018-07-31T18:35:59+00:00

State of the Art: Elite training for emergency risk communication specialists

What can we learn from the World Health Organization’s Emergency Communication Network? By Ben Duncan, Melinda Frost and John Rainford “I barely managed to press the buttons on the radio let alone remember the call signs. We had just been robbed at gun point at a rebel check point and urgently needed help. Back in [...]

State of the Art: Elite training for emergency risk communication specialists 2018-01-11T13:37:03+00:00

Hurricane Matthew and the problem of communicating fear

The biggest challenge facing emergency communicators is how to inform and warn the public about a possible threat without freaking them out. The history of risk communication is chock full of examples where threats are ignored or downplayed (Ebola in West Africa), details of the threat are concealed (SARS), or populations are given inappropriate reassurance [...]

Hurricane Matthew and the problem of communicating fear 2018-01-11T13:37:03+00:00

Contagion fear

Josh Greenberg and John Rainford A survey of Canadian views of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa shows a gap between the risks we face and our fears. Governments need to understand this perception gap, and prepare for the consequences should the virus evolve and elevate the risk to Canada. There are many terrifying aspects [...]

Contagion fear 2018-01-11T13:37:04+00:00