Media Briefing: Disaster Reporting and COVID-19

April 8, 2020

Hosted by Climate Central and the International Association of Emergency Managers, this briefing will include a moderated Q&A to help journalists safely cover updated emergency responses and disaster planning in local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social distancing, shelter-in-place orders, and travel restrictions will continue to complicate how we prepare for and respond to increasingly frequent disasters. This briefing will include short presentations and a moderated Q&A to help you cover updated emergency planning and response in your community during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help you to prepare for covering disasters once they occur. Guidance will be offered on safe reporting practices, sourcing, and finding meteorology and science resources. 

Confirmed participants:

  • John Upton, journalism partnerships editor, Climate Central (moderator)
  • Robert Dale, PEM, Emergency Management Planner/Meteorologist, Ingham County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Michigan
  • Judith Matloff, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma safety advisor, Columbia Journalism School faculty (crisis reporting), author of
    How to Drag a Body and other Safety Tips You Hope to Never Need
  • Dr. Samantha Montano, assistant professor of Emergency Management & Disaster Science at University of Nebraska Omaha