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SOURCE: CDC, 2002. Reprinted with permission. 4 The CDC uses a tiered approach of health educators and clinical specialists to distribute information to clinicians both prior to, and during, public health emergencies. SOURCE: CDC, 2002. Reprinted with permission. 2 Linking Hazards and Public Health: Case Studies in Diasters1 Using three different types of disasters, heat waves, earthquakes, and complex humanitarian crises, the speakers and Roundtable members explored the complexity of responding to health needs, the public policy underlying the response, and the short- and long-term health-related needs.

2 illustrates this concept of centralization. As communities move from a small population density to a much higher population density, there is, for example, an evolution in the provision of water supply services, from wells to community water supply systems to urban water treatment plants. 2 Our society has been evolving toward ever-more centralized systems for transportation, water, electricity, and other utilities. SOURCE: Rae Zimmerman, unpublished. Reprinted with permission. ment is a movement from septic tanks to package plants to large wastewater treatment plants, and transportation has grown from horse-drawn trolleys, to cars and buses, and more centrally controlled or managed large high speed trains and airplanes.

2 • Withdrawal, hopelessness, and helplessness—individuals who do not avoid the threat may, instead, feel powerless to protect themselves from it. This poses a challenge for risk communicators because, as individuals withdraw themselves from situations, their messages may not be heard, or their recommendations may not be acted upon (CDC, 2004a). When planning crisis and emergency communication messages, in addition to understanding the range of emotions affected individuals may experience, it is important to understand that audiences judge the effectiveness of messages by their timeliness, content, and credibility.

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