First Response and Planning Resources

The checklists and materials in this section were designed to help you with pre-event planning and prioritizing communications activities during the first crucial hours of a public health emergency.

  • Phases and steps of the emergency risk communications process
    Overview of the things to consider before, during and after emergency events.
  • Initial response
    This template offers tips and sample language for responding to an emerging crisis before confirmation is received or all details are known. Although geared toward media response, they can be adapted for public inquiries as well.
  • Initial checklist
    After verification of a biological agent or health threat, this checklist will help you prioritize questions, contact partners and begin developing your first messages for the media and the public.
  • Event checklist
    Questions to be asked by the communications team during the first hours of an emergency situation.

Sample assignment checklists
Sample checklists for different communications functions and efforts. These are designed to help you understand critical communications functions. Always work with your assigned public information staff or emergency response partners.

Things to do before an emergency
There are things you can do now to prepare for emergency situations; this list will help.

Source: Many of these worksheets were adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emergency Risk Communication materials.