ANL National Public Affairs Academy

Published in Resources on 1/28/2019

The National Public Affairs Academy (NPAA) at Argonne National Laboratory develops enterprising workshops that address a wide range of communication and emergency public information topics. Currently, the NPAA offers over 20 public affairs courses that can be tailored to your site’s needs. Existing courses are updated and new courses developed each year based on scientific research, participant feedback, information technology advances, and best practices/lessons learned. By Holly Hardin

Tagged Under: Training

Argonne National Laboratory’s Public Affairs Science and Technology (PAST) Fusion Cell is home to the National Public Affairs Academy (NPAA) for Emergency Management. The deep research, experience and comprehensive outreach resident in the PAST Fusion Cell yields a training curriculum for the NPAA and provides a natural venue for scientists and public affairs practitioners to collaborate.
The National Public Affairs Academy (NPAA) at Argonne National Laboratory develops enterprising workshops that address a wide range of communication and emergency public information topics. Currently, the NPAA offers over 20 public affairs courses that can be tailored to your site’s needs. Existing courses are updated and new courses developed each year based on scientific research, participant feedback, information technology advances, and best practices/lessons learned.
Argonne National Laboratory also provides wide-ranging public affairs support for exercises. In addition to exercise planning and evaluation, Argonne simulates the real-world media as “Mock Media” to test and validate emergency public information capabilities. By exercising in a realistic and challenging environment, sites can see what they do well and where they need to improve, so they are better prepared for the real thing.
Argonne’s Exercise Training Network (ETN) is a password-protected online platform where print, radio and video news stories are posted by mock media reporters, and where exercise news conferences are broadcast live. Stories are produced in real-time based on interactions with players through phone calls, on-camera interviews and briefings – just like the real media do. In addition to ETN, Argonne uses closed, protected accounts on Facebook, Twitter and other platforms so players can practice their social media actions in a safe but realistic exercise space. And, this activity doesn’t necessarily have to be part of a full-scale exercise; mock media play can be conducted remotely as part of functional exercises and social media drills. Argonne has supported dozens of DOE exercises since 2008, all funded by NNSA Headquarters.
If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, submit a request using the HQ EDMS SharePoint site support request form located at: https://sp.eota.energy.gov/sites/EDMS/SitePages/ServiceRequest.aspx.
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