The roles of religious leaders in disaster preparedness
A considerable number of participants pointed at the parish priest playing a core role in the distribution of information: “If I go to mass and hear the parish priest say that the council is going to set up a voluntary group I can pass on the information”.
- Use trustworthy, widespread, multi-lingual, culturally appropriate and inclusive means of alerting the target population in case of disasters
- Empower vulnerable groups (i.e. children, elderly, and people with disabilities) by including them in disaster management decision-making and actions
- Use cultural factors to improve the effectiveness of disaster communication