Tornado Takeaways
5 Lessons in Crisis Communication

Thursday, June 23, 2016
8 a.m. – Breakfast & Networking
8:30 a.m. – Program & Tour

AAA Heathrow
(Auditorium B)
1000 AAA Drive
Heathrow, FL 32746

Sarasota County Communications team members Drew Winchester and Jason Bartolone present five communications lessons learned from a tornado that recently struck their community and how those lessons can be applied to any crisis communications situation.

About our Speakers:

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Media Relations Specialist
Sarasota County Government

Jason Bartolone joined the Sarasota County Communications team in 2014. Before that, he spent more than 10 years as a reporter and editor at several print and online media outlets, including the Bradenton Herald and He is a graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

DrewWinchesterPRINTDrew Winchester
Media Relations Specialist
Sarasota County Government

Drew Winchester joined public service at Sarasota County Government in 2014. He developed his media relations skills throughout his 14-year career as a professional writer. The majority of those years, he specialized in covering local governments and law enforcement to include Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties as well as the cities of North Port, Venice and Cape Coral.

About Sarasota County Government:

Sarasota County Government serves approximately 396,000 residents who live within the county’s unincorporated area and four municipalities, the cities of Sarasota, North Port and Venice, and the town of Longboat Key. The county’s two Media Relations Specialists facilitate communications between the organization and various media outlets on a daily basis. They are part of the county’s Communications Department, which also includes graphics and web design, ACCESS Sarasota TV, mail and print shop and the county’s contact center.

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