On June 28-29, 2016, the Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center (DRC) co-sponsored a NOAA Regional Preparedness Training (NRPT) workshop at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) in St. Petersburg, FL entitled “Addressing Public Concerns during Response... sorting fact from fiction during response.” The workshop focused on understanding the public’s desire to be informed during a response and the need to plan for and execute an effective public communications plan during a potential oil spill.

Following the workshop, CRRC and DRC conducted a one-day training on June 30, 2016, on risk communication and the use of social media during a response which was open to all workshop participants. Fifty three workshop and training participants (Appendix A) represented federal and state agencies, industry, response organizations, academia, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

This workshop was the third in the NRPT series to provide a focused training activity to enhance Gulf of Mexico (GOM) regional preparedness across NOAA line offices and among key state, federal, and other stakeholders. The overall goal of the NRPT workshops was to better understand coastal disasters: the human and natural resources at risk, the roles and responsibilities of the different response agencies, the science that drives decision-making, and the importance of public outreach.


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