EDITORIAL: Foot-and-mouth PR lesson to learn

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.

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