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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.
Jim, Corrections.com editor


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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American Probation and Parole Association's 33rd Annual Training Institute

Date: 8/3 - 6/08
Over 70 workshops to attend. Exhibit hall, luncheon, networking and exciting general sessions too!. More information.

American Correctional Association's 138th Congress of Correction

Date: 8/8 - 13/08
Held in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information, contact Jennifer Bechtel at 703.224.0102. More information

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Date: 8/24 - 28/08
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