Media Training for Volunteers

Kathleen G. Vidoloff, Ph.D. & Julie Black, Ed.M.

During emergencies, volunteers become a vital resource to help first responders and government agencies ensure the safety and protection of the public. They are an important aspect of emergency response, including the creation and dissemination of public information and monitoring the media. “Media Training for Volunteers” uses CDC’s Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication principles to provide volunteers with the skills they need to assist with public information activities including setting up a Joint Information Center, writing press releases, talking points, and social media messages. The media training will also provides participants with helpful tools they can use when addressing public inquiries during emergencies and monitoring the media.

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