Many of us think we can handle anything that comes our way. But as Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
With that in mind, RTDNA is offering tips to prepare journalists for action after being metaphorically punched in the mouth by a tornado, hurricane or even earthquake..
Do crisis plans work? Because of advance planning, the radio and television stations of New Orleans were able to continue broadcasting in the wake of the storm, the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota never missed an issue and KBJR-TV in Minnesota didn’t miss a single newscast despite the disaster. A crisis plan is like having a “go bag” for your entire newsroom. It’s time to start packing.
The RTDNA has link to a handy downloadable list of questions to think about when putting together a plan or checking your newsroom’s existing one. Click here to view.