Communicating Transparency During the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

I recently spoke at a two-day all-hazard crisis incident response seminar in Berkeley, Calif., titled, “Thriving in the First 96 Hours.” Among other activities, I took part in a leadership panel to field questions about crisis communications. This post, and others, is adapted from my short responses to questions on the topic asked before and during […]

Crisis Communications Job Aids for Your Next Incident

In the overall scheme of things, there’s two ways to manage crisis incident response, and the communications component that is part of it — just wing it and make it up as you go along, or take a systematic approach. I’ve witnessed both, and (spoiler alert!) the former might produce occasional successes (due, mostly, to […]

Non-U.S. Emergency Management Systems

Paul and I have been talking a lot about this lately, and we realize that we’ve come to the point that we need more than the Internet to bridge a gap in our knowledge – we need YOU, fellow subject matter experts in emergency management, public information, crisis communications and/or disaster incident response to give […]

SMEM and ICS Training for Comms Pros

If you work in U.S. emergency management, particularly at the local, county or state level, you are probably already aware of the fine courses provided at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute – both the brick-and-mortar schoolhouse in the Maryland panhandle, and via their online presence. I’ve taken several courses at the school over the years, have […]