Good morning all,
The above linked article tells of an improperly prepared email to the University of Hawaii faculty, staff and students.
The university's director of communications is akin to our PIO on the Incident Commander's staff. NIMS has the PIO as also being the Intelligence Officer.
The significance of this article and the corrected mistake is a good example of the secondary hazard being the much greater danger than the message regarding the original threat.
It is the - panic - .
Thus, as important as it is to set up a canopy tent at the disaster scene, it's is equally important to get the media under control - if I may use these words here - . Traffic jams, congestion, rushes to empty out grocery stores, ........ college students might stop partying .....just joking, just joking, just ...!!
The Univ of Hawaii Dir of Communications properly handled the situation.
We're obliged to do the same. Always understand that the secondary hazard - especially involving the public - is the usual greater danger unless the Responders prepare to address this equally with the actual threat.