Nuclear Emergency Communication: One Emergency, Many Voices and the Problem of Coordination

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Complex emergencies require participation of a great number of institutions that are directly or indirectly responsible for emergency management at the local, national and international level. The concept of integrated emergency management presupposes a strong operational and communication coordination. Moreover, an attempt to coordinate or even centralise communication in nuclear or radiological emergencies is recognised in many national, as well in international documents. However, past experiences show that in radiological emergencies there are always many voices explaining, commenting, giving opinions and, finally, influencing the perception and response of the population. This paper shows that achieving a globally coordinated approach in communicating with many publics about a single local nuclear and radiological emergency likely remains only wishful thinking of emergency communication planners.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International Conference Nuclear Energy for New Europe (on internet: and on DVD)
Place of PublicationLjubljana, Slovenia
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012
Event21st International Conference Nuclear Energy for New Europe - GEN Energija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 5 Sep 20127 Sep 2012


Conference21st International Conference Nuclear Energy for New Europe


  • information sources, media, nuclear emergency, communication

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