The following text is a sample Media Advisory written as an assignment for a Public Relations Writing course. All event details are fictional.
Contact: Marissa Smith Sept. 29, 2016
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY: IT’S NOT ALWAYS A DRILL
What would happen to your family if you had to go days without electricity or outside contact?
When disasters strike, most Americans must rely on emergency services reaching them. However, in certain situations, emergency services are unable to reach those affected, leaving families stranded and scared. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) will spend time presenting tips on emergency preparedness in order to improve the general public’s ability to handle a natural disaster. This would be an excellent event to cover, as it will provide reporters with the opportunity to interact with area residents as well as obtain direct quotes from an IDHS employee.
WHO: John Erickson, Director of Public Information, Indiana Department of Homeland Security
WHAT: Presentation titled “How Prepared Are You For a Disaster?”
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Room 3100L, IUPUI University Library, 755 W. Michigan, Indianapolis, IN 46202
The presentation should last no more than an hour, including time for audience members to ask Mr. Erickson questions. It will then be followed by a hors d’oeuvres reception sponsored by Federal Emergency Management Agency, during which Mr. Erickson will give one-on-one interviews with any reporters present. This event is open to the public and free parking located in the lot directly across Michigan Street.
IDHS provides statewide leadership, exemplary customer service, and subject matter expertise for the enhancement of public and private partnerships. It also works in collaboration with local, state and federal agencies to continually develop Indiana’s public safety capabilities for the wellbeing and protection of its citizens, property and economy. For more information, visit dhs.in.gov.