d. Chief Journalist. Will report immediately to the CIB to act as the PAOs
administrative assistant. He will take the necessary steps to establish a news media
information center in room 794, adjacent to the CIB. This will be for the use of
media representatives for the duration of the disaster operation.
e. First/Second Class Journalist. Report immediately to the CIB. Prepare
office equipment (photo lab, typewriters, duplicating machines, etc.) and have other
public affairs staff personnel stand by for processing the initial statement. At first
opportunity, take necessary steps to establish a next of kin lounge in the Family
Service Center for use by next of kin, relatives, fiances, etc., of the personnel
involved in the disaster. He will act as the coordinator for the processing and
dissemination of the subsequent news releases.
f. Civilian Secretary. Will report immediately to the CIB and report to the
PAO. Primary duties, at least in the initial phases, will consist of establishing
telephone contacts with the news media, other base departments and officers and
higher authoritiesthe PAO at Atlantic Fleet Headquarters and the CHINFO duty
officerimmediately, and others as directed by the PAO.
g. Director, Family Service Center. Report immediately to the PAO by
telephone. Prepare FSC for continuous information support to military/civilian
families. Prepare to operate public hotline for general inquiries concerning the
h. Other Personnel. Report immediately to the PAO in the CIB for further
4. In a disaster occurring on this base, the commanding officer and the media will
be depending on this office to assume responsibility immediately for the prompt and
continuous flow of information. This is an important job, and a big one. Your
individual duties are most important to the success of the entire operation.
R. H. MANATEE
Figure 2-4.Sample public affairs office disaster planContinued.