Professor Ian Mercer, chair of the Devon foot-and-mouth inquiry,
has called for PR to be a key part of future contingency planning. This
includes the setting up of communications control centres, since they
proved their worth in the area during the total eclipse in August 1999.
Before a disaster on the scale of foot-and-mouth strikes again, the
Government must act on the Mercer findings, so that PROs and the media
can work together to get crucial information out.