In September 2017, the threat of a direct hit from Hurricane Irma threw Manatee County into a weeklong state of emergency. Learn how our small PIO team managed our website, social media, emergency notifications, and media relations to engage citizens, disseminate information about emergency preparedness and help coordinate the County’s largest evacuation. In this session, we’ll share statistics and insights on our digital engagement during the emergency. We will discuss what worked and what didn’t, including new ideas, lessons learned (an unfortunate viral video), resources we’ve discovered and changes we’ve made in the year following the hurricane.

Three Key Takeaways

  1. The importance of around-the-clock, real-time coverage on social media in an emergency
  2. Resources necessary to implement a successful communications strategy during an emergency.
  3. Planning for an emergency: communications and materials you can prepare ahead of time.
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10:45 a.m. to noon (Sessions)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Birmingham (Bridges)

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