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Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC)

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Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication is the application of evidence-based principles to effectively communicate during emergencies. These principles are used by public health professionals and public information officers to provide information that helps individuals, stakeholders, and entire communities make the best possible decisions for themselves and their loved ones. CERC recognizes that during emergencies, we work under impossible time constraints and must accept the imperfect nature of our choices. CERC draws from lessons learned during public health emergencies and research in the fields of public health and emergency risk communication.

The CERC program consists of

Stay Connected

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Zika CERC Discussions

Zika MosquitoTo address the communication concerns and needs related to the Zika response, CDC is hosting a series of Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication teleconferences.



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  • In-Person Training
  • Online Training



	Various CERC materials (i.e., Pan Flu Manual, CERC Z-card, Wallet card, Quick Guides, Pan flu Story book and CD, and Leaders material).

  • Basic Materials
  • Materials for Leaders
  • Templates and Tools
  • Zika Materials
  • Pandemic Flu Materials


Shared Learning

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  • CERC in Action
  • Webinars
  • Additional Resources