Social Media in Emergency Operations Blog Series: Introduction

Full disclosure: I didn’t initially buy the social media hype as it gained more and more mainstream popularity years ago. I didn’t envision the role it might someday play in more practical matters, such as marketing, branding and stakeholder engagement. I figured it wouldn’t be much more than a novelty or a fad for its […]

Do you know them? Do they know you? Do they know what you offer?

(Editor’s Note: We’re very happy to welcome friend and colleague Robert Lanier to The Crisis Communicator blogger family. I first met Rob at a full-scale disaster response exercise in New Haven, Conn., in the late summer of 1998 [I think that was our first meeting? Rob?]. He was a few years into the job, but had […]

A View from the Other Side: An Evacuated JIC Manager

  Allow us to introduce (and welcome) Sheri Benninghoven, APR, to The Crisis Communicator. Sheri is a Santa Barbara-based principal at SAE Communications and specializes in strategic and crisis communications planning, counsel and implementation for local governments and higher education institutions. In her past life she was a PIO for the city of Anaheim and the League of California […]

Podcast: Public Information for Hurricanes Harvey and Maria

Finally. As in, *finally* Thomas McKenzie’s and my schedules lined-up so we could talk about his back-to-back public information officer deployments for Hurricane Harvey, in Texas, and Hurricane Maria, in Puerto Rico, which I teased to you all last month here on the blog. Thomas and I spent a few minutes here (~28) talking about what […]

The Accidental PIO: Karma is a Bee-eye-itch … But a Good Teacher

I was a really sneaky TV news photog. The shot was more important than anything else and my only job was to get the shot that would help tell a story. You know the kind, right? Always trying to go off on their own to get the shot that’s in their head. Pretending to listen […]