4.15 Coordinating with Communications Officers from other NGOs, the UN, and donors

During an emergency, institutional donors often ask us for photos and updates and might deploy their own communication officers. Coordinating with them helps the CO and CIMs manage donor relations and fundraising for emergencies. In addition and if time permits, coordinate with local/ deployed UN and other NGO Communication Officers to receive updates on journalists visiting the area and potential joint media messaging (especially for emergencies where a joint press release might be the only way to communicate sensitive issues). In large-scale emergencies, the UN OCHA Information Officer creates a distribution list and convenes regular Public Information Officer meetings, which can be good opportunities to meet communications colleagues and identify possible areas of collaboration.