SESSION 6 - Emergency communication and psychology


Prof. Amer Hosin

Abu Dhabi  Civil Defence Authority



Dr. Antonio Parrilla

Italian Prime Ministry Office - Certified Infodemic Manager WHO



Dr. Nicola Simone

CREA - Council for Research in Agriculture and Economics - Research Center for Engineering and Agro-Food Processing (ITALY)

This session will host presentations based on the following description.


Clear communication strategies and effective psychological approaches are significant aspects to improve the quality of the prevention and management of CBRNe events. Reducing the effects and consequences on the population as well as operators in the field. First responders are the primary contact with the victims of a CBRNe emergency as well as with the components of other teams on the hotspot. Sound knowledge of the issues affecting the psychology of those involved and communication at strategic, operational, and tactical levels is a key aspects of an effective response. Mastering emergency communication is essential to avoid the spread of incorrect or inappropriate information that may cause, panic, or lead the population to underestimate the gravity of the situation. Thus, Raising Awareness in the population is another fundamental aspect on which emergency communication and psychology are focused. In this regard, the investigation of the public perception of risks is an essential element to improve the effectiveness of communication. 

This session will host the work of the experts that will reflect those concepts.

Keywords: Emergency Communication and Information; Emergency Psychology; First Response in Case of CBRNe Events; Raising Awareness; Public Risk Perception

Here it is the list of the oral presentations of technical session 6.

The abstract will be available on the book of abstract.

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You can consult the program and the scheduling of the presentation here: LINK

88.TS6. People behavior concerning communication of alerts through mass media.

Nicola Simone(1), Pietro Crescenzo(2,3)

1. CREA - Council for Research in Agriculture and Economics - Research Center for Engineering and Agro-Food Processing

2. Nucleo Attività Psicologiche Corpo Militare Volontario della Croce Rossa Italiana, Rome, Italy 

3. Dipartimento di Scienze della Formazione, Psicologia e Comunicazione, Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”, Bari, Italy


89.TS6. Will They Panic? The Effect of Fake News and Risk Communication on Public Behavior to Non-Conventional Terrorism.

Moran Bodas(1), Morel Ragoler(2), Yossi Rabby(3), Esther Krasner(3)

1. Department of Emergency & Disaster Management, School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv-Yafo, Israel

2. The Gertner Institute for Epidemiology and Health Policy Research, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Ramat-Gan, Israel 

3. CBRN Defense Division, Ministry of Defense, HaKirya, Tel-Aviv-Yafo, Israel


90.TS6. Building Resiliency among Staff of Emergency Settings: Mind the Psychological Wellbeing, Stress Reactions, and Secondary Traumatization.

Amer Hosin(1)

1. Abu Civil Defence Authority, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


91.TS6. Psychological reactions of CBRN incidents.

Sajad Shiri(1)

1. International Master Courses in Protection Against CBRNe events, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Roma, Italy


92.TS6. CBRN emergencies, cybersecurity and information influence operations: why an overall vision is important.

Antonio Parrilla(1)

1. Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri - Dipartimento per lo Sport, Rome, Italy


93.TS6. Individual police officers’ thoughts and attitudes towards CBRNe in terms of knowledge and training, response and investigation.

Thomas Rhys Creek (1,2)

1.University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

2. HM Forces (Army) - Adjutant General's Corps (Royal Military Police), Cardiff, United Kingdom


94.TS6. Risk Assessment and Psychology: how can we make our brains better at math?

Luca Romano (1,2)

1.L'Avvocato dell'Atomo, Italy

2. International Master Courses in Protection Against CBRNe events, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy


95.TS6. The cost of exposure to deaths: The distress of Auxiliary Components of the Armed Forces of the Italian Red Cross volunteers employed during the Covid-19 emergency.

Pietro Crescenzo(1,2), Livio Tarchi(1,3), Venusia Covelli(4), Kristian Talamonti(1), Francesco Chirico(5,6)

1. Psychological Activities Unit (NAP), Italian Red Cross Voluntary Military Corps, Ministry of Defense, Rome, Italy 

2. Department of Educational Sciences, Psychology and Communication, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, Bari, Italy 

3. Psychiatry Unit, Department of Health Sciences, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

4. Faculty of Psychology, eCampus University, Como, Italy 

5. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Post-Graduate School of Occupational Health, Rome, Italy 

6. Health Service Department Italian State Police, Centro Sanitario Polifunzionale di Milano, Ministery of Interior,  Milan, Italy