Last week, I had the opportunity to attend “Code Red: Crisis Communications and the Boston Marathon,” an event co-hosted by the Pub Club of New England and the PRSA Boston at the Museum of Science. With proceeds benefiting the One Fund, I was informed that this was the largest turnout of all the panel discussions yet. I was certainly not surprised, as the Boston Marathon bombing is something this state — and country — will never forget.
As a Bostonian, I still recall where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news, but most importantly, I remember how helpless I felt. How someone could plan such a heinous act, especially so close to home, is a question I still wish I had the answer to.
Moderated by Liz Brunner of Brunner Communications, Code Red was full of vital information on how to handle a crisis, focusing specifically on how she and the panelists did so during the marathon. The panelists included:
- Michael Morrison, Media Relations Manager, Mass General Hospital
- Kat Powers, Director of Communications, Red Cross
- Timothy Sullivan, Director of Communications, The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network & Partners Continuing Care
- Nicole Russo, 451 Marketing, Spokesperson for Forum Bar and Restaurant
- John Guilfoil, Deputy Press Secretary to Mayor Thomas M. Menino, City of Boston
While hearing about their experiences during this tragic time was somewhat emotional, it also reminded me of Boston’s resiliency and just how proud I am to call this city my home. We truly are Boston Strong.
As the official photographer of the event, I was able to capture some great shots. Here are a few of my favorites:
View full photo gallery here.
Feel free to donate to the One Fund directly if you were unable to attend. Every bit counts.