Quick Start Guide Electric Utilities
SECTION 02 : BUILDING YOUR PROGRAM
Core Messages & Scheduling The purpose of any safety communication is to effect a change in awareness, knowledge, or action. The idea of creating a “core message” is clarifying the most essential idea you want your audience to retain. It should be stated simply and guide the development of all materials and activities in the program for the duration of your communications calendar. Beyond language and cultural considerations for each audience, the core message should be communicated in a way that best meets the needs of your specific audience. The way the materials will be used and end-user preferences should also be taken into consideration. For example, a first responder may be interested in receiving educational materials that are far more detailed and applicable to a wider variety of response scenarios than a message crafted for a homeowner. “Day One” Information It is common for public safety communications to be sent out on a rotating schedule through media such as bill stuffers or mailings. In such programs, a “Harvest Safety” message may go out in August, “Ice Storm Downed Wire Safety” in December, etc. This may result in delays of a year or more in new customers receiving vital information on particular topics. For this reason, a “Day One” information package should be developed and distributed to all new customers on their first day of service. The package should include all relevant safety information. When done as a booklet or other bound package, it can provide a year-round safety reference for your customer.
Developing a Public Safety Communications Program
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