THE tragic events at Cork Airport in recent weeks has highlighted the need for companies in Cork to look inwards and ask how would they cope if they were to find themselves on the world stage following an unforseen accident or event.
“Handling the media in a crisis” workshop Tuesday March 29th 2011 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Rochestown Park Hotel
Would their business be able to keep operating in such circumstances and more importantly do they have the tools and skills necessary to handle, cope and deal with the unwanted intrusion from the media, who are looking for every bit of information, picture, detail etc to fill their papers, tv programmes and radio shows?
Secondly, would their business be able to cope, survive and thrive, if suddenly they found that their premises was out of bounds, or if a fire caused severe damage to their IT equipment?
Would their company be able to get back operating within a 12 – 24 hour timeframe or would they be out of business for weeks?
These are valid questions and most companies do not have the answer, thinking such an event could not happen to them.
It could. Accidents, incidents, fraud, fire, acts of God happen all the time, but the scale and the size of these accidents, emergencies, crisis, is not important, the proceedure behind how to cope and deal with such event are.
Is your company ready for such a crisis? Do you as an organisation practise to to handle the media in a crisis? Does your company have a back-up plan should your IT fail? Where do you store all your IT equipment and back-up files?
Companies should give these issues serious consideration today. New methods of operation should be introduced. Handling a crisis should be practised. Investent in terms of time, training and media management should be made.
With this in mind a two-hour presentation on business continuity in a crisis and handling the media in a crisis will take place in the Rochestown Park Hotel on Tuesday March 29, starting at 6pm.
Two organisations who specialise in this type of training have come together to run this event.
In the workshop business continuity consultant Mick O’Regan of ABC Solutions provides an overview of business continuity in a crisis, while media consultant, John McHale of McMedia PR uses his many years of experience in journalism and broadcasting to provide customised media training courses, strategic media consulting and crisis support to all sized companies and he will outline the rules of media engagement in times of a crisis.
The price is €50 including VAT per person inclusive of VAT (3 for the price of 2 from the same company). This event is also open to members of the public.
As numbers are limited, companies are advised if they wish to attend to register their interest by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or abcsolutions.ie for further details.
Complimentary tea/coffee will be available on arrival, so come early and network with other attendees.
In this workshop Business Continuity consultant Mick O’Regan of ABC Solutions provides an overview of business continuity while Media consultant John McHale of McMedia PR outlines the rules of media engagement in times of crisis that you and your company need to be aware of and in a position to implement.