Communication in a Crisis

Doing disasters better!? In New Zealand at present, anecdotal reports suggest that many people remain unprepared for an emergency. In Christchurch it’s been reported that 30% of its population remain unprepared, whilst in Auckland this increases to 89%.

Should another disaster occur, whether it be from natural causes, a flu pandemic or pesky fruit flies, communication remains a key issue. How are you planning for this? Do your current communication and engagement plans reflect the cultures and languages of your diverse populations? Do such plans even exist? 

This inter-active presentation will:

  1. Paint a picture of post-September Christchurch.
  2. Highlight communication challenges, particularly with those from non-English speaking backgrounds.
  3. Discuss how to action the ‘Best Practice Guidelines for Engaging with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities in Times of Disaster’ July 2012. (Copies will be available as new posters and brochures). 

Jenni Marr (Christchurch City Council, Multicultural Community Adviser), Nicki Reece (PlainsFM Station Manager) and Wayne Reid, Refugee and Migrant Health Care Manager for Partnership Health Canterbury will be presenting.

This forum hosted by CLING will take place on Monday 20 August at 1.30pm at the Aotea Centre.

Date: Monday 20 August 2012
Time: 1.30-3pm
Hosted by: Community Languages and Information Network Group (CLING) and NZ Diversity Action Programmestacked nz diversity logo web Communication in a Crisis

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