Page updated: 30 November 2020
If you're the Incident Controller, you are responsible for approving all communications to the media.
Consult your organisation’s prepared media plan. This will tell you the policy and process for communicating with public media outlets.
When deciding whether or not to approve a communication to the media, consider the effect the media release may have on:
When communicating with the media:
Search and rescue responses create opportunities for you to share messages about safety in the outdoors with the public.
Refer to NZSAR’s messages when sharing general safety information. These were developed to provide simple, clear, and consistent guidance messages for the use of all SAR organisations. Using them will help keep messages consistent across the SAR sector.