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A Good PR Turn: Providing Community Disaster Information
By: Doug Bedell
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Wow, here's a great example of a community relations service by PR people in tornado-prone Central Illinois. Might fit for your community, too. For four years, Peoria Public Radio advises, a group of media relations people have been operating Central Illinois Emergency Information. They started "communicating with news agencies about press briefings and other derails people need to know." The service is available to any municipality requesting it during an emergency and is an outgrowth of a Homeland Security best practice.

Why not check with your Illinois colleagues potentially on behalf of your own communities? Central Illinois Emergency Information has a Facebook page under its name. 

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About the Author
Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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