Getting The Message Out

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There's a time when first responders have to deal with the media, in an emergency.

A former member of the Kentucky State Police Thursday shared with local emergency workers his experiences from the past. He says the majority were positive.

But he also told them the press is the best way to get vital information on emergencies, such as last summer's storms, to the general public.

"As far as who's on the scene," says Bobby Ray of the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, "who's responding to the scene, whether it is stabilized or not, whether we're in control of the scene, are important factors the public wants to know and should be delivered and given to the media immediately."

The consortium was formed to provide training for first responders on a variety of situations.

It's aimed at rural emergency crews, but Ray noted the training can also benefit people in cities.

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