NCEMA educates about public communication in cases of radiological emergency

ABU DHABI, 9th April, 2017 (WAM) –The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), has organised a workshop on “Public Communication in Cases of Radiological Emergency” to educate personnel at competent authorities on how best to communicate with the public in cases of radiological emergencies.

The workshop, which was held at the Armed Forces’ Officers Club in Abu Dhabi, was attended by representatives from the authority, the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the National Media Council, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, the General Command of Abu Dhabi Police, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation and the Nawah Energy Company.

During the workshop, Eliot Brenner and Gill Tudor, international experts in the field of communication and public relations in the nuclear industry, presented an explanation of the causes, types and possible consequences of radiological emergencies and discussed the basics of public communication in emergencies, the levels and risk of radiation contamination, and International Atomic Energy Agency regulations.

They also spoke about the role of the official spokesman in cases of radiological emergencies and that of the open media and the best ways to address the open media in these cases.

The expert lecturer, Eliot Brenner, Former Director of Public Relations at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, praised the participants and the way they handled an exercise on how to counter a false report on the spread of nuclear radiation, published through Twitter.

Expert Gill Tudor, who worked for the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, praised the interactive atmosphere during the workshop. She also stressed that the discussions that took place will help develop the appropriate skills of the participants.

Nasser Mohammad Al-Yammahi, Director of the Media and Public Communication Department at the authority, congratulated the participants on their completion of the workshop, which gave them the necessary expertise on the subject.

He stressed that its importance stemmed from the fact that it addressed a new topic on nuclear radiation systems and the media’s vital role in handling crises.

At the end of the workshops, the graduation certificates were presented to participants, while the appreciation certificates were also presented to the trainers.

Source: Emirates News Agency