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PRSA 2017 International Conference

The Spirit of Revolution: Communications in the 21st Century

Oct. 8–10 | Boston

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GOT NIMS? You Cannot Manage a "Government Approved" Crisis Without It

Professional Development Workshop Set 8

Public Affairs and Government Section

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In a post-9/11 world, major events and incidents that impact a lot of people or geography are managed using a tried-and-true incident management structure called NIMS. Lauri-Ellen Smith, APR, special assistant to the sheriff in Jacksonville, and Joseph V. Trahan III, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, president, Trahan & Associates, relay the basics of this system, and help practitioners become a PR resource to the designated “Lead PIO” in the local market when a disaster strikes.


Lauri-Ellen Smith, APR, senior public affairs/public relations executive, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

Photo of Lauri-Ellen Smith, APR

In her 30-year public relations career, Smith has spent her career framing and communicating issues, managing communications during crisis, and lobbying for policy changes at the state and national level.


Joseph V. Trahan III, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, president/CEO, Trahan & Associates

Photo of Joseph V. Trahan III, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA

An international media relations trainer and public relations strategist, Trahan has more than 20 years of experience in public relations, having worked with government agencies, educational institutions, law enforcement and non profits.