Practice PR News Releases

In-class writing assignment by Lily Hamilton. All reports are fictional. 


For more information, contact
Lily Hamilton
North Carolina Department of Health
555-5555
lhamilton9@elon.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

West Nile Surveillance Program offers free testing in North Carolina after dozens of cases reported last year

Last year, 27 human cases of West Nile virus were reported to the North Carolina Department of Health. The West Nile Surveillance Program is offering free testing in North Carolina until November in an effort to limit the number of human cases of mosquito-transmitted West Nile virus.

West Nile is mostly transmitted through mosquitoes. Mosquitoes in the state of North Carolina may be carrying the virus, so it is important to look for symptoms. Some people infected with West Nile virus experience no symptoms or only show mild symptoms, such as fever or headaches. More severe infections can lead to a high fever, severe headaches, a stiff neck or altered mental state and health.

West Nile infections were also identified in 759 horses and 185 birds. The West Nile Surveillance program includes reporting and testing sick horses and dead birds, trapping and testing mosquitoes, and monitoring symptoms and illnesses in humans.

State health officials are asking citizens to report observations of any sick or dying birds, especially crows and blue jays. The virus cannot be contracted by touching a dead bird, but health officials recommend wearing protective gloves as a precaution.

For more information on the program, call the North Carolina Department of Health at 1-800-555-1212.

 

North Carolina Department of Health News Release Suggested Social Media 

Tweet: West Nile Surveillance Program testing in NC thru Nov. – check out the NC department of health’s site for info (www.ncdepartmentofhealth.org).

Facebook post: The West Nile Surveillance Program is providing testing in North Carolina through November, after dozens of cases were reported last year. Be on the lookout for mild symptoms like fever or headaches. In the meantime, check out the NC Department of Health’s website for more information (www.ncdepartmentofhealth.org).

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For more information, contact
Lily Hamilton
Elon SGA
555-5555
lhamilton9@elon.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Community invited to join students in Elon SGA’s Adopt-A-Street cleanup

         The Elon University Student Government Association (SGA) will be hosting an Adopt-A-Street program, in which more than 600 students will work with members of the community to clean up and beautify the campus and surrounding community. Elon students annually contribute 10,000 hours volunteer service to community, while staff and faculty contribute several thousand more hours through various community groups.

The first cleanup project is planned for sometime in the fall semester and will involve basic cleanup and leaf raking in selected areas. Cleanup projects will also be assigned to groups for the spring semester to remove trash and debris left from the winter months

The SGA is still looking for volunteers from the community and the university. Members of the program meet at 8 p.m. Tuesdays in room 210 of the student union building to plan projects and coordinate cleanup schedules.

The Greek Affairs Council (representing 12 fraternities and sororities), the residence Halls Association, Student Senate, Criminal Justice Club, ROTC, PRSSA and the Women’s Caucus will all be participating.

Streets selected for cleanup this fall include High, Fort, Queen, Burd, Earl, Prince, King, Orange, Fayette, Morris and Washington Streets, Richard, Martin and Middle Spring Avenues, and Britton Road.

Community members or students interested participating in the Adopt-A-Street program can call the SGA through the student affairs office at 555-1111.

 

SGA Cleanup News Release Suggested Social Media

Tweet: Join the SGA and the Adopt-A-Street program to work with the community in cleaning up campus and the local area (www.elonsga.edu).

Facebook post: Join the SGA and the local community in cleaning up campus — and clock in some service hours at the same time. Meetings for the Adopt-A-Street program are held Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in the student union building. Check out the SGA site for more information (www.elonsga.edu).

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For more information, contact
Lily Hamilton
NIIUCA
555-5555
lhamilton9@elon.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NIIUCA pays more than $2.5 billion to repair property damages, trend in extreme weather to blame

         The National Institute of Insurance Underwriters and Claims Adjusters (NIIUCA) paid more than $2.5 billion last year to replace or repair property due to a trend in extreme weather causing damage by hurricanes, tornadoes and floods. This is a 25 percent increase from the amount of money NIIUCA paid last year.

James Addison, president of the NIIUCA, addressed more than 3,500 insurance agents and claims adjusters at the institute’s convention in San Diego, California, yesterday. Addison noted that severe flooding in Texas, California and the Southeastern United States was a major cause of property damage and accounted for much of the 25 percent increase. Most homeowners who have flood insurance are insured through the federally funded National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Hurricanes that struck Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida caused an estimated $512 million in damage to homes, businesses and personal property. “These projections are very preliminary,” Addison said. “The total number of claims and their costs could vary depending on the amount of federal aid that wa provided, but it still was a costly year for the insurance agency.”

Some insurance experts attending the conference are questioning whether global weather patterns are changing and could be responsible for the increase in severe weather.

For further information, contact The National Institute of Insurance Underwriters and Claims Adjusters at its headquarters at One Insurance Plaza, 2305 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20071. Or telephone 1-800-555-0000.

NIIUCA News Release Suggested Social Media

Tweet: The NIIUCA paid more than $2.5 billion last year to replace damaged property due to extreme weather patterns (www.niiuca.org).

Facebook: The NIIUCA paid more than $2.5 billion last year to replace damaged property, a 25 percent increase from last year. James Addison, president of the NIIUCA, addressed insurance agents yesterday, noting that severe flooding was a major cause of damage and that this extreme weather is part of a trend. For more information, check out the NIIUCA’s website (www.niiuca.org).

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