“Did You Really Just Say That? – What to Do Next": Practical Tools to Use in Crisis Communication
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 1:30pm
LOCATION: Suite 160S – RM 105, 124 Mt. Auburn Street

Now, more than ever, it is necessary to have the ability to identify a potential issue and execute a complete rapid response to mitigate and navigate a crisis as it progresses and increases the chance for irreparable harm.

In this interactive workshop, crisis communication and reputation management expert Sara Brady will share how to prepare for and strategically respond to negative issues through traditional and social media platforms and other appropriate channels.

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Sponsored by the Crisis Management PIC, the Program on Crisis Leadership (Ash and Taubman Centers), and the Homeland Security Project (Belfer Center)

The Sewol Ferry Disaster: A Close Look at South Korea’s Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Management System
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6:15 PM
LOCATION: Cason Conference Room, WAPP/Room 102, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School

Please do not miss this opportunity to learn more about the South Korean disaster preparedness and crisis management system by taking a close look at the Sewol Ferry Disaster with Professor Arnold Howitt at the Harvard Kennedy School!

The Sewol Ferry Disaster is South Korea's worst-ever maritime tragedy. 304 people, mostly teenagers on a high school trip, died when the Sewol ferry sank on 16 April 2014, touching off an outpouring of national grief and soul-searching about long-ignored public safety and regulatory failures. Even though the vessel took around three hours to sink, those on board were not rescued or ordered to evacuate. Investigations into the disaster concluded it was largely man-made – the cumulative result of illegal redesigns, cargo overloading, the inexperience of the crew members steering the vessel, lax government regulations, and poor rescue efforts. The event mushroomed into a political storm of criticism of the government’s performance, contributing to the impeachment of Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Pizza and beverages will be provided.

This event is co-hosted by the Crisis Management PIC, the Program on Crisis Leadership (jointly affiliated with the Ash Center and Taubman Center) and the Korea Caucus at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Dr. Alex Altshuler, a PCL fellow, leads a seminar with HKS students, faculty, and researchers.