Disaster Public Affairs Class Offered in Springfield

We will be offering the Disaster Public Affairs – Local Response Class (info below) to Red Cross employees and volunteers in our Springfield, Missouri office on Friday 6 August 2010, 8:30-4:30.
If you are interested in attending, please register by sending your name, address, phone number, email address (LMS number if known) and a short note about your Red Cross background to:

DESCRIPTION: “Fundamentals of Disaster Public Affairs – The Local Response” (DSOSS200A) is a facilitator-led course that introduces Red Cross employees and volunteers to the critical tasks necessary to initiate a chapter disaster public affairs response. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in case-based scenarios, group exercises, practice activities and open discussions.

COURSE PURPOSE: To prepare any Red Cross employee or volunteer to effectively respond to local media inquiries and to present the Red Cross message.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

– Learn how to gather and organize information from a local disaster scene.

– Understand the roles of the media in a disaster response and the importance of a successful partnership.

– Learn to access Red Cross Speaking Points and policies regarding the media and the process for successfully working within guidelines before, during, and after a disaster.

– Identify opportunities for ongoing Disaster Public Affairs involvement.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS CLASS: Anyone who may find themselves acting as a spokesperson for the Red Cross during a disaster. Since the media may seek out Red Cross volunteers wherever they are working, this could easily be any Red Cross disaster volunteer!


Note: This class is designed for Red Cross Disaster Volunteers. To become a volunteer, please contact your local Red Cross Office ( zip code locator: www.redcross.org )



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