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Hurricane Communications Task Force
Crisis Communications - Cable System I
Cox Communications
Metairie, LA
Hurrican Communications Task ForceAfter Katrina, Cox Communications New Orleans created the Hurricane Communications Task Force, the company’s crisis communications team, to strategize and implement an aggressive, long-term communications campaign that would provide useful and timely information for the benefit of the customer with messaging that was proactive, straightforward, and informative. In 2006, the Rebuilding a Greater New Orleans campaign centered around restoring service, communicating restoration efforts, simplifying the issues and questions, addressing the concerns of customers and supporting the employees in the call center and out in the field. The goal is always to decrease the call volume with effective messaging rather than increase the calls with added confusion and misunderstanding. More than 90% of the 270,000 pre-storm customers have restored service.
For more information, please contact:
Brad Grundmeyer
Manager of Public Affairs
Cox Communications
2121 Airline Dr., 4-Central
Metairie, LA 70001
Phone: 504-304-8153
Comcast - South Florida Aftermath of Hurricane Wilma
Crisis Communications - Cable System III
Miramar, FL
South Florida Aftermath of Hurricane WilmaHurricane Wilma hit the service provider infrastructure of South Florida harder than any storm in the past 50 years, and the damaged area encompassed the entire Comcast South Florida region. The Communications team developed a crisis communications plan to inform the media and customers about the damage that occurred, the repair process, the progression of restoration operations, how other service provider restoration efforts may effect the cable system and how the cable system works. During the post-hurricane crisis mode, Comcast received only one negative article, appeared on television news shows 10 times, highlighted on Spanish and English radio shows 18 times, and mentioned in the area’s major daily newspaper more than 24 times.
For more information, please contact:
Spero Canton
Regional Director, Public Relations
Comcast South Florida Region
2561 SW 145 Ave., #200
Miramar, FL 33027
Phone: 957-931-2906
Insight's Migration Tornado
Crisis Communications - MSO
Insight Communications
New York, NY
Migration TornadoIn May 2006, Insight decided to migrate its broadband backbone off of an AT&T-owned platform and onto its own. As Insight moved into the process, it began to experience network issues that impacted customers’ broadband service. High call volumes debilitated Insight’s call centers and press began to publish negative stories on the crisis. By quickly reacting and providing constant communications to customers, employees and media with CEO Michael Willner as spokesperson, Insight was able to turn around the negative press coverage, kept employees empowered and updated and maintained good relations with customers.
For more information, please contact:
Whitney Moose
Manager, Communications
Insight Communications
810 7th Ave., 41st Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 917-286-2205
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