Effective communications ‘linchpin’ of efficiency during terror crisis

The “News and Terrorism: Communicating in a Crisis” workshop provided scientific background information on potential terrorist threats
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Speaking at the beginning of a day-long terrorism preparedness seminar for the electronic news media in Chicago, Aug. 11, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge reminded participants that effective communication is a “linchpin of efficient performance” during a terror attack.

Ridge made his remarks at the first "News and Terrorism: Communicating in a Crisis" seminar sponsored by the RTNDA, the National Academy and the Department of Homeland Security.

The workshop was held to examine communication during an emergency. The seminar offered a view of what works and what needs improvement. It also provided scientific background information on potential terrorist threats and guidance on how journalists and public information officers can better prepare for what might happen in the future.

Workshops are taking place all over the country:

  • Kansas City, MO, Sept. 21, 2004
  • Portland, OR, Oct. 14, 2004
  • Philadelphia, Oct. 26, 2004
  • Miami, Dec. 9, 2004
  • Austin, TX, January 2005
  • Atlanta, March 2005
  • San Francisco, April 2005
  • Denver, June 2005
  • Boston, July 2005

Space is limited. To seek an invitation, e-mail Sue Ducat at the RTNDF.

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