Communicating Disasters

Communicating Disasters

Communicating Disasters

Building Council Collaboration and Resilience

Date:  Tuesday 3rd December 2019
Time:  8.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Murrook Culture Centre, 2163 Nelson Bay Road, Williamtown NSW

Cost: FREE

Registrations are now closed

To be placed on the waiting list please email Siobhan Isherwood –


You can’t anticipate every crisis. You can’t always predict how big it will be or how much it will impact on our communities. But we can be ready…

Studies have found that almost 20% of recommendations made in emergency incident and emergency exercise debriefing sessions and reports, spanning 2003 to 2008 related to improving communication with the community.

Councils have a vital role to play in this process, and need to be able to effectively communicate with a wide range of stakeholders before, during and long after disasters occur. Councils working together to prepare and deliver communication during such events will make our region stronger and more effective when things get tough.

Workshop Purpose

The Hunter Joint Organisation will be holding two workshops over the coming months to directly support and build capacity of member Councils to effectively prepare and deliver disaster related communications. 

Facilitated by the companies Crisis Ready and HighGround Communication – experts in the field of disaster communication – this first workshop will use real life scenarios and disaster simulations to:

  • Challenge knowledge and understanding of your own and Council’s broader role in communicating before, during and after disasters
  • Build capacity, capability, communication and cooperation within Council teams and across Councils to support local and regional disaster communications
  • Identify key gaps in information and processes that may inhibit your Councils ability to communicate effectively
  • Provide direct input to the development of communication materials and tools for Councils in the Hunter to address identified gaps and needs

Who Should Attend

The workshop is particularly relevant to Council and Agency staff involved in:

  • Media and Communications
  • Community Engagement
  • Emergency Management
  • Customer service
  • Assets and Infrastructure and Risk Management
  • Waste Management
  • Community Development / Social Planning

NB The workshop is designed to encourage ongoing communication and collaboration within Council teams. As such representation from each Council across the various roles identified above (i.e. multiple attendees from each Council) is strongly encouraged.

Please pass this invitation along to others in your Council that you think should attend this workshop.

More Information:

Siobhan Isherwood | Environmental Projects Coordinator
Hunter Joint Organisation | M 0429 564 111


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This workshop is funded under the joint State and Commonwealth Natural Disaster Resilience Program.