Questions and Answers from October’s Emergency Communications Webinar

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In October’s webinar “Communicating in an Emergency: Expert Guidance to Getting it Right”, speakers Shelly Klein and Kara McKinney of Hurst, Texas, Britney Smith of Leon County, Florida, and Kelly Holton of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shared their best practices for effectively planning for and communicating during an emergency in the… Read more »


Learning from Lululemon: Communication Do’s and Don’ts

In the era of social media, where people are accustomed to sharing everything all the time, news spreads like wildfire. One mistake by an organization and a communications crisis is born. While certainly no communications team wants to deal with a crisis, it’s a part of the job and an important one at that. Response… Read more »


3 Tips for Getting Emergency Information to the Public

On this day, we, like many of you, are taking a moment to remember the tragedy of the 9/11 terror attacks. In the wake of the many emergencies we see every year, from terror attacks to natural disasters, emergency situations seem to be on the rise. And, as the number of emergencies increase, so does… Read more »


Washington State Residents Now Get Real-Time Traffic Alerts

By Richard Fong, Technology Project Manager Moderate impact. Low impact. Collision. Cleared. If you travel on highways anywhere, wouldn’t it be nice to have these types of messages delivered to your email or phone so you could anticipate a change in your route and save time? With some cool technology, the Washington State Department of… Read more »


The One-Two Punch in Emergency Communications

Emergency communications is a critical process to get right. It literally is the difference in saving more lives when a disaster strikes. So, what exactly is the one-two punch needed to be truly effective when communicating with the public during emergencies? Maximum outreach plus multichannel distribution. This combination is an absolute necessity for today’s emergency… Read more »


Emergency Communications 101: How Do You Keep Contact Info Up-to-date?

Co-written by Anne Doucot and Mary Yang In my last post, I talked about how reaching the maximum amount of people that you can during an emergency can be the difference in saving more lives. And if you’ve been following along in the last couple of posts and podcasts from this series so far, you’ve… Read more »


How Effective Is Your Emergency Communications System?

In my last post, I discussed how a siloed communications system doesn’t work in emergency communications. The term, silo, refers to departments within an organization working separately with little to no communication with each other. For example, in the public sector, emergency notifications are typically handled separately from the communications team. Taking full advantage of… Read more »


Timing Is Everything

Guest post by Jim Garrow, Operations and Logistics Manager, Philadelphia Department of Public Health When I follow emergencies unfolding online, I follow them using Twitter. It’s where news breaks these days. The problem is that it keeps breaking. Over and over and over again until the entire situation is a mish-mash of unhelpful posts. Let… Read more »


Upcoming Webinar: Improving Emergency Communications in Government

Unlike businesses in the private sector, government organizations have an additional challenge. In times of emergencies, such as a natural disaster or criminal threat to the community, getting that message successfully delivered to the right audience, and at the right time, can help save lives. A government agency’s ability to easily connect with community members… Read more »


When it matters most: reaching citizens and residents

Yesterday, at just before 3 pm, bombs exploded near the finish line at Boston Marathon, often known as the world’s oldest annual marathon. There are few words that can express the sorrow we here at GovDelivery are feeling – not just for Bostonians but for all the thousands of spectators from around the world who… Read more »