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What are some of the “best practices” that recovery responders should employ? What are some of the “best practices” that responders should employ in order to ensure efficient communication? What are potential communications pitfalls that should be avoided?

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I think you need to use specific terminology.  If you are not specific, you might cause confusion.  For example, instead of saying “there are a lot of people trapped in that room” you should say, “there are about a dozen people trapped in that room.”

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