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County honored for emergency communications

Posted On: February 7, 2020

County honored for emergency communications

As Hurricane Dorian was threatening Florida’s coast in early September, Volusia County’s Community Information Division was hunkered down in the Emergency Operations Center, sending vital information to area residents.

The team, led by then Community Information Director Joanne Magley, sent out 37 news releases, organized eight news conferences, and made 67 social media posts that reached 1.1 million people.

The Florida Emergency Preparedness Association recognized their efforts by presenting them with the 2020 Media Award during the association’s annual conference on Thursday, Feb. 6. The award was presented “in honor of their dedicated support to the Florida emergency management community.”

“Volusia County Community Information is so deserving of the FEPA award,” said Emergency Management Director Jim Judge. “They are true professionals who provide critical information to keep our residents informed before, during and after a hurricane. Not only did they provide a remarkable amount of information during the threat from Hurricane Dorian, but also during Hurricanes Irma and Matthew. I am so proud to be able work alongside these dedicated individuals.”

The community information team includes three public information officers, three production coordinators, a web designer, graphic artist and support staff.

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