Public perceptions of the "remove, remove, remove" information campaign before and during a hazardous materials incident: A survey

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Abstract

In the event of an incident involving the release of hazardous material (eg, chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear agents), key actions can be taken to reduce harm and protect the people involved. The quicker actions can be taken, the less harm will occur. Guidance is, therefore, needed to help nonspecialist members of the public to act rapidly before emergency responders arrive. The "Remove, Remove, Remove"campaign includes critical information for anyone who is at or near the immediate scene of a hazardous material release. Using a representative sample of 1,000 members of the UK population, this study examined the impact of the information campaign on knowledge and perceptions both before and during the immediate response to an incident. Findings showed that perceptions of the information were positive, with respondents stating that the information was useful and that the recommended actions would be effective. Respondents also stated they would be willing and able to perform the actions during a real incident. Additionally, the respondents' knowledge and confidence in taking protective actions increased significantly after receiving the campaign information, and they overwhelmingly agreed that they would want to receive this information if it were available before an incident. The findings of the survey support the use of the "Remove, Remove, Remove"information before and during hazardous materials incidents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-107
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Security
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • CBRN
  • Mass emergency
  • Preincident information
  • Psychological impacts
  • Public health preparedness/response
  • Risk communication
  • Public health preparedness
  • response

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