Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Deercreek Country Club – 7816 Mc Laurin Rd N, Jacksonville, FL 32256
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Crisis Communications – Pulse Nightclub Shooting

vjbkyd3d2ytia3y6cnflOn June 12, 2016,  a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a terrorist attack/hate crime inside Pulse, a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. He was shot and killed by police after a three-hour standoff. It was the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in United States history. It was also the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States since the September 11 attacks in 2001. Responding to this horrific scene involved hundreds of first responders as well as public information officers (PIOs) from several agencies who facilitated information to the media and the public.

Join the Florida Public Relations Association Jacksonville Chapter and hear from two of those PIOs, Carrie Proudfit and Ann Marie Varga, who assisted in the Pulse Nightclub Shooting, handling crisis communications around the clock with hundreds of media representatives from around the world.

TICKETS: $25 FPRA Members/ $35 Future Members / $15 Students (price does not include online processing fees) $5 increase at door for non-registered guests. 


Register by January 9th and have a chance to win admission to the March Media Summit and other door prizes. 

Our speakers are:

carrieCarrie Proudfit, lead public information officer (PIO) for public safety, health and social services for Orange County Government, providing media relations support to several of the county’s largest departments including corrections, fire rescue, animal services and emergency management and


2016-ann-marie-vargaAnn Marie Varga, Communications Manager for Orange County Government where she leads the activities of a team of more than 30 professional and technical staff engaged in County public information, community relations, digital marketing, graphic design, video production, internal and external communications as well as emergency communications (ESF-14).