Local agencies learn to better communicate with public

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Local agencies take FEMA public information training on June 5, 2019 (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY)

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Representatives from fire departments, police, and local agencies from around the state met in Carolina Beach Wednesday to learn how to better communicate with the public.

This is a FEMA basic public information training course, put on by North Carolina Emergency Management and Cape Fear Community College. Agencies around the Cape Fear requested the training.

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It is a two-day class to learn how to work effectively with local media. Agencies represented were from Carolina Beach FD, Kure Beach PD, New Hanover County, Pearson County, Bladen County, Brunswick County, City of Southport, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, and Fayeteville Technical College.

Kate Oelslager, with New Hanover County Communications and Outreach, said it is also another way for them to be better prepared for emergencies like Hurricane Florence.

“My perspective and one of the after action reports for New Hanover County, communication was a big thing that was brought to our attention from our partners, finding different ways and expanding on ways to communicate in times of disaster,” Oelslager said.

Good Morning Carolina Anchor Hannah Patrick was there to answer questions and help with a few practice news conferences.

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