Behavior Change Communication in Emergencies Toolkit
Behaviour change communication (BCC) in emergencies is a consultative process among communication specialists, technical experts, local change agents and communities. It addresses the knowledge, attitudes and practices of individuals, families and communities. It aims to share relevant and action-oriented information and to motivate programme specialists to work with communication specialists in preparing strategic communication for disasters - so that if a disaster strikes, people in affected communities would know what actions to take to maintain and protect their health and well-being as well as how and where to access emergency services and supplies. BCC should be planned in close cooperation with a given programme as an integral part of an emergency preparedness and response plan.
This toolkit is a resource for everyone working in emergency situations caused by natural disasters. It is designed to help programme managers from UNICEF, UN agencies, NGO partners and government personnel to prepare, plan, implement and monitor behaviour change communication initiatives supporting health, hygiene and child protection efforts in emergencies.