Crisis Communications Planning - TCW Academy Course
Approximate Time to Complete Course: 20 minutes
This Course is Ideal for:
- CEOs / Presidents / School Superintendents and All Leaders
- Communication Directors
- Members of the Crisis Communications Team
- Media Liaisons
Prepare Your Crisis Communication
In this course, you will:
- Understand how to develop an effective crisis communications plan,
- Identify personnel to serve on your team & key stakeholders,
- Develop detailed communications solutions for possible emergency scenarios,
- Create message templates & distribution materials, and
- Prepare media response strategies.
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