The general failure of many executives tasked to implement the organization’s first Crisis Communication initiative is the temptation to go into it alone. The Crisis Communication project is often underestimated as it is usually a large project. Usually, in such situation, it is conducted as part of the "peacetime" public relations or corporate communication team.
Hence, it is not possible for an individual to just treat it as a plan writing exercise and build it alone. The access to the perspective of a multi-disciplinary team is imperative to the success of this project when it is started
There are two school of thoughts: Should we have a dedicated crisis communication team or should this function be part of the crisis management team? The first consideration is how large a PR or Corporate Communication team do you have or how complex is your organisation in terms of size and processes?
Crisis Communication Team
Within the plan, identify the members of the crisis communication team and describe their roles. Who will act as spokesperson and will there be more than one? Who will field media calls? Who will handle internal communication? Who will serve as back ups in each role? Whose contact information should be included in the CC plan? Make sure that all team members include personal their cell (mobile) phone numbers.
Composition of CC Team
This team is essential to identify what actions should they take and it should comprise of individuals who are key to the situation. Crisis communication team (See sample organisation chart below) may include:
- Chief Executive Officer
- Head of public relations function
- Vice presidents or directors of key functions
- Functional managers
- Safety or security officer
- Legal counsel
- A senior manager from the division in charge of the area that was involved in the situation that has brought about the crisis
- Eyewitness or anyone else who might be able to shed some light on the situation.
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