This week, regular contributor, Len Sipes, discusses a vital public relations "to do" list that every administrator or department leader should implement before an emergency occurs. The emergency inevitably will happen. For better or worse, the way the facility manages it and communicates about it, is usually what's remembered most.
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Preparing for major emergencies
By Leonard A. Sipes, Jr.
For the "it will never happen to us" event
Most of us understand that emergencies will happen. Virtually every corporation or college or governmental entity has operational emergency plans.
By emergencies, I am referring to major events that go far beyond several days of troubling or policy-oriented media questions. Examples include product failures that lead to injuries or deaths, or any negative policy-oriented event that causes the attention of regional or national media.
The problem is that few organizations include public affairs in their emergency plans. There are two key issues in preparing for emergencies: knowing everything possible about the organization, and having plans in place to deal with the media. Read this week's full story.
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