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Jump Start your Public Affairs Program. Maj. Brenda A. Reed, CAP Public Affairs Officer Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing. What guides our path…. CAP Regulation 190-1. CAP Public Affairs Officers. Report directly to the commander Train to be the best Juggle internal vs. external

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Jump start your public affairs program

Jump Start your

Public Affairs Program

Maj. Brenda A. Reed, CAPPublic Affairs OfficerCivil Air Patrol Maryland Wing


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What guides our path…

CAP Regulation 190-1


Cap public affairs officers

CAP Public Affairs Officers

  • Report directly to the commander

  • Train to be the best

  • Juggle internal vs. external

  • Keep news current and relevant

  • Seek out new media and resources

  • Inform the Wing PAO of activities using quarterly PAO report


Where do you fit in

Where do you fit in?

  • Report to your commander

  • Plan with your commander

  • Advise your commander

  • Assist your commander

  • You and the commander are the official spokespersons for your unit


Training

Training

  • You are here!

  • Specialty Track Program – CAP 201

  • AFIADL PAO Course 02010 – currently unavailable due to revisions

  • CAP training programs

  • MIO training

  • MEMA/FEMA training courses


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www.mdcap.org


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http://www.capmembers.com/cap_national_hq/public_affairs/cap_pao_toolkit/


Internal vs external

Internal vs. External

  • Internal

  • External


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[email protected]


Internal

Internal

  • Emphasize importance of CAP missions

  • Member recognition

  • Member retention

  • Encourage participation in events


External

External

  • Target audiences

  • Government relations

  • Media contacts

  • External promotion of events/organization

  • Leave behind materials

  • Websites


A word about newsletters

A word about newsletters…

Public Affairs Officers should create and distribute by whatever means available, a regular newsletter on behalf of the unit, preferably on a monthly basis, but no less than a quarterly basis.


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Maryland Wing’s

newsletter


Multimedia emerging technology

Multimedia & Emerging Technology

  • Photography

  • Videography

  • Audio

  • Email – list serves - Websites

  • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter)

  • YouTube

  • Blogs


Photos

Photos


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Download full resolution images!

You control who has access to which photos

Create albums for each event


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Links to Articles

Members join

Photos from Events

Notes from members


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Blogs


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www.twitter.com/MDWGCAP


Awards

Awards

  • Maryland Wing PAO of the Year

  • Middle East Region PAO of the Year

  • National PAO of the Year

  • Balsam Awards


Planning

Planning

  • Meet with your commander

  • Plan at least one year ahead

  • Write your plan down

  • Send your plan to Wing PAO

  • Work your plan

  • Report your success


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  • Newsletters

  • Open houses

  • Fundraising events

  • Community events

  • Aerospace Education events

  • Government liaison events

  • Promotion/Special ceremonies

  • Bulletin Boards

  • Training – ES or other


Quarterly pao report

Quarterly PAO Report

  • Required by Wing Operating Instruction

  • Due by 10th of Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct

  • Allows Wing PAO to keep track of unit activities, newsletters, websites, etc.

  • Send newsletters and other items more frequently for higher visibility


Crisis communication plan

Crisis Communication Plan

  • Required by CAPR 190-1

  • Wing level plan will be used by all units – located on www.mdcap.org


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Get started…

…access your strengths

…start slowly – work in your comfort zone

…spread your wings

…dare to take chances

…seek help – ask questions


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