10 Crisis Comms Planning Tips for Hurricane Season

Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1 (apparently, Ana didn’t get the memo), and U.S. National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 24-30. If you live and work near the U.S. east or gulf coasts, or in the Caribbean, preparedness week is a good time not only to make sure that you’re prepared in general, but also that you’re prepared […]

Community resilience strategies for long-term recovery

After a webinar I presented to emergency managers on crisis and risk communications during recovery from disaster I was asked, “Do you have a communication strategy for long term recovery?” To which I responded, (and I’m paraphrasing here,) “Yes. I do.” I used more words, but that was the gist. Now, I can’t say for […]

Who is Reaching Out to You Before Disaster Strikes?

The Tampa Tribune published an article Sunday – the first day of Atlantic hurricane season – highlighting how federal and local response and recovery agencies have taken to social media in the last few years to communicate hazards to the public. The article’s author, Keith Morelli, notes: “Social media has quietly taken over as the […]

Tune-up Your Comms Plan During National Hurricane Preparedness Week

Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1, and U.S. National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 25-31. If you live and work near the U.S. east or gulf coasts, or in the Caribbean, preparedness week is a good time not only to make sure that you’re prepared in general, but also that you’re prepared to conduct crisis communications in […]

Federal Response to Katrina, Silver Linings

It was projected to hit somewhere between Gulf Shores, Ala. and Houston – a stretch of about 500 miles. We wanted to be as close to the impact as possible before landfall, or it would be too late to do any good. Three teams were positioned at three locations throughout the Gulf region. My team set […]