May 2011 | Lunch N’ Learn: How to Develop an Effective Communication Plan for Disaster Preparedness

EVENT: Develop an Effective Communication Plan for Disaster Preparedness

DATE: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

TIME: 11:30 AM – 1:15 PM (Networking begins at 11:30 AM, with lunch and the program to follow promptly at 12:00 PM)

PLACE: Hilton® Naples,, 5111 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34103

 With the start of the annual Atlantic-basin hurricane season just a few weeks away on June 1, now is the time to develop a disaster communication plan for yourself, company employees and clients to be better prepared to deal with disasters, crisis situations and potential security threats in Southwest Florida.

Lauren Stover, Miami International Airport Director of Public Safety, Security and Communications, Miami-Dade Aviation Department and formerly with The Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation and Security Administration (TSA), is a nationally recognized senior-level public affairs, crisis and aviation expert.

John Wilson, Director of Emergency Management, Lee County, FL Emergency Management Center, is in demand locally and nationally when disaster strikes for his knowledge and experience in preparing for and dealing with natural disasters and the annual Atlantic-basin hurricane season in Lee County and Southwest Florida.

Jennifer James-Mesloh, Ph.D., M.P.A., Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), has a background in Communications & Public Affairs and teaches in the FGCU College of Professional Studies. Previously, she successfully managed Lee County Health Department’s response to the H1N1 Virus outbreak a few years ago with Lee County employees and news media outlets.

COST: $24 for PRSA members, $29 for non-members and walk-up attendees, $27 for non-profit, $15 for students and PRSSA members. *No shows will be billed and only checks and cash will be accepted.

REGISTER: You must register online by Friday, May 20th to attend: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Oil Spill in the Gulf – Crisis Communications

With oil drilling activities taking place in the Gulf of Mexico for decades, it was not a matter of if but when a major spill would occur. Now that a massive spill has happened, how are county officials communicating clean up efforts with the general public?

Our next luncheon presentation on May 25th will feature a panel discussion featuring local emergency management officials and tourism industry representatives who will give us an update on the oil rig explosion and massive spill and discuss how they have been implementing their crisis communications plans.

Further details are listed below for your reference. I hope that you won’t miss out on what promises to be an informative program!

As always, thank you for your support of PRSA!


Clay W. Cone
President, PRSA Gulf Coast Chapter

May 25 – “Oil Spill in the Gulf – Crisis Communications”
The program will feature a panel discussion with Dan Summers, Director of the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services; JoNell Modys, Public Relations and Communications Manager for the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB; and Bob Pfeffer, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. The speakers will provide an update on the epic Gulf of Mexico oil spill and highlight how they are implementing their plans for communicating the crisis with the general public. The cost is $24 per person for PRSA members, $29 for non-members, $27 for non-profits and $15 for students.

Date: Tuesday, May 25
Time: 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Hilton Naples, 5111 Tamiami Trail N. Naples, FL 34103
RSVP: Email Kathy Saenz at
Reservations must be made by Friday, May 21, 2010