Are You Prepared? A Simulation on Crisis Communication

Are You Prepared? A Simulation on Crisis Communication

Session Type(s): Training, Professional Development Training

Training Tag(s): Communications

Starts: Friday, Jul. 14 9:00 AM (Central)

Ends: Friday, Jul. 14 10:15 AM (Central)

Room: Williford C

Even for an experienced communications staffer, responding to a major crisis can be trying. How do you ensure you can not only respond to the crisis, but shape the media narrative productively? Progressive advocates and community leaders should prepare to encounter unexpected situations that necessitate engaging in public conversation and change how people approach their issues. This is an experiential workshop: we’ll guide participants through a step-by-step simulation of a crisis. Participants will walk away with a practical understanding of how they can plan their own responses to crises and answer their ED’s question “what do we say?”


Firdaus Arastu

Firdaus Arastu

Firdaus is a communications strategist shifting the media narratives of communities impacted by Islamophobia in America, with a focus on building the skills of Black, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian advocates, community leaders, artists, and creatives. She is an experienced and engaging trainer with more than 8 years of experience designing and leading trainings to hundreds of people in the US and across the world. She brings her first-hand experience providing crisis communications support during some of the highest Islamophobic sentiment in recent history. This is her fifth year presenting at Netroots Nation.

Other sessions: BAMEMSA (Black, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, South Asian) Caucus

Lenai Johnson


Lenai Johnson is a Communications Associate with ReThink Media’s Peace and Security Collaborative working on issues of nuclear justice and voiceshare in foreign affairs. She brings her background in gender justice, collective liberation, international peacebuilding, advocacy, and coalition building, along with over 5 years of training experience.

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