A stakeholder is any individual, organisation or group with a vested interest in the outcome of an emergency situation and the success of the designated response. These include:
- Government (local, state, national)
- Citizens and other civilians (temporary residents, tourists, migrant workers and employees in the area)
- Emergency services (fire fighters, police, paramedics, etc)
- Medical personnel
- Health experts and logisticians
- Community and special interest groups
- Business owners and operators
- Home owners
- Community leaders
- Service and resource providers (food suppliers, etc)
- Utility providers (water, electricity, etc)
- Waste removal companies and professionals
- School staff
- Managers of facilities and infrastructure
- Organisations (local and international, non-governmental, not-for-profit, etc)
- Military factions
- Media (radio, television, news and social media outlets)
- Communication companies (internet and phone providers)
I decided to consider the current Ebola crisis in West Africa to examine the interests of certain stakeholders as well as the information that would be of interest to them at various stages in the emergency and how communication should take place.
Emergency Management Australia 2004, Emergency Risk Management Application Guide, Manual 5, Commonwealth of Australia, viewed 14 January 2015, <https://www.em.gov.au/Documents/Manual%2005-ApplicationsGuide.pdf>.
Woombalah festival n.d., Emergency risk management stakeholders, viewed 14 January 2015, <https://nationalvetcontent.edu.au/alfresco/d/d/workspace/SpacesStore/7aacc5fe-bb7c-4635-9c2c-2c3f0d72c179/904/toolbox904/resource_centre/r3_contr_emerg/r303_erm_stakeho/r303_erm_stakeho.htm>.