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The Transportation Research Board is accepting entries for its 14th annual “Communicating Concepts with John and Jane Q. Public” competition to highlight successful crisis communication outreach programs dealing with natural disasters to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

[Above photo by TRB.]

Key questions to be addressed in this year’s competition include:

  • How have transportation providers prepared for and reacted from a communications standpoint during emergency situations?
  • What existing crisis communications plans or techniques have we put into place to successfully weather these storms?
  • What lessons have we learned to be better prepared to communicate with transportation system users, communities, and stakeholders before, during and after the next unexpected disruptive event?
  • What measures did we use to determine if our communications efforts were successful?

TRB’s Committee on Public Engagement and Communications established the John and Jane Q. Public Competition as a way to seek and share best practices and innovative approaches in communicating complex transportation information to the public.

Individuals, agencies, and private companies working for agencies that communicate transportation topics to the public can compete in this annual event – submission information is available by clicking here – with winning entries featured during two sessions at the TRB 100th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., January 24-28, 2021.

Competition winners are expected to deliver a 15-minute presentation at a podium session during TRB’s annual meeting, as well as present a poster during the committee’s poster session at the meeting.

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