Tragedy knows no boundary

Reading and viewing online news coverage of the Katrina hurricane disaster in the US over recent days, I’m just awed by the sheer scale of so many people – thousands according to many news reports – losing their lives, family, and property. No comfort at all in knowing that this is a natural disaster, not […]

Disaster planning, consequences and inevitabilities from Katrina

Two thoughtful articles in as many days from the Financial Times examine broad consequences of the Hurricane Katrina disaster from the business, economic, political and social standpoints. In the first, a feature on disaster planning, the FT says the consequences of Katrina for businesses worldwide are likely to be significant. Insurance claims are expected to […]

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #66: September 8, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments discussion (podcast junkie; support for parents; Ray Nagin interview case study; non-primary audience listener); Katrina – public service announcements, has Katrina saved the US media?, controversy over the word ‘refugee’; new reports from IBM, Edelman and Intelliseek; wikis, news releases, buttons and podcasting; the critical pieces in the change communication puzzle; […]

Podcasts for Katrina relief efforts

As part of our discussion about Hurricane Katrina in show #66 yesterday of For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, Shel and I discussed an initiative by Podshow that enables podcasters to promote and offer appeal messages for supporting disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina. If you visit the Podshow Cares page, you’ll find […]

FIR Interview: Charles Pizzo, Katrina evacuee – September 25, 2005

In this edition of For Immediate Release podcast interviews, Shel and Neville spoke with Charles Pizzo, a 20-year veteran of communications, a top-ranked speaker and writer and a former Chairman of the Board of IABC and its Research Foundation. A native of New Orleans, Charles evacuated from that city following Hurricane Katrina and the total […]