Reminder: Last OCG Meeting Before Summer Break!

Today is our last OCG meeting as we head into summer break. We’ll resume again in the fall.

Today’s speakers are from Washington State Department of Transportation and Washington State Patrol. They’ll discuss the crisis communications efforts in the DuPont derailment. Join us in the usual place, at the usual time, and learn how these two agencies coped with a disaster in our own backyard.

When: Wednesday, June 6, Noon-1:00

Where: Association of Washington School Principals, 1021 8th Ave. SE, Olympia, WA 98501



Nov. 5: What Every PIO Needs to Know–Lessons from Oso

Communicators can be thrust, ready or not, into the thick of local, regional, or national emergencies.

The incredible images of the massive SR530 Landslide in Snohomish County are etched into our memories, and a gnawing question still lingers in many PIOs’ minds: would we be ready to respond if that happened in my community?

Come to the next Olympia Communicators Group meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 5, to learn more about what it was like working in the landslide Joint Information Center, and learn what every PIO should know before disaster strikes in your community.

The program is still developing, but we will have at least one PIO who worked on the OSO Landslide.

Jan. 8: When to Hire a PR Firm

The January OCG meeting is Wednesday, January 8, Noon-1:00, at the Association of Washington School Principals. Our guest speaker is Paul Behrendt, senior vice president of Strategies 360, a regional public relations firm headquartered in Seattle (with an office in Olympia).

Paul will speak about when it makes sense to hire a Strategic Positioning and Public Relations firm. Some of the topics he will cover include:

  • Does a comprehensive professional Strategic Positioning, Communications and Public Relations firm make sense for you?
  • When does it make sense to contract with a professional PR firm?
  • When do you consider exporting services that you don’t have the capacity for in-house?
  • Does it makes sense to make a career change to join a large multi-state firm?

We look forward to seeing you on January 8.