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Disaster: The Future of Crisis Communications

The panel will discuss with attendees in an interactive manner how a disaster response works from a crisis communications standpoint. Panelists will educate attendees on how to communicate effectively with Joint Information Centers to get the most out of their interactions. This panel is aimed towards media professionals as well as bloggers and the general public.

In this group of speakers there is disaster response experience in a media capacity to almost every major disaster in the US since the Exxon Valdez, including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the BP oilspill, as well as a plethora of smaller scale events.

*Please note, that while there are 4 speakers allowed and listed, if given the opportunity Kelly Nantel of NTSB would also be included on this panel.


  1. What is a crisis like Hurricane Katrina like in the first 24 hours? How does the flow of information work?
  2. How is media relations handled during a crisis? What is a Joint Information Center?
  3. How is crisis communications changing in disasters with the emergence of non traditional medias? Is this just about public affairs, or is it being used to save lives?
  4. What are your rights as a non "professional journalist" (a blogger, videographer, etc) in getting information from a JIC?
  5. Who do you contact for information for your publication/blog/etc during a disaster?



Anastacia Visneski, Public Affairs Officer, United States Coast Guard

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