33 Miners Trapped in Chilean Copper Mine
In the event of a disaster it is important that the information about it gets out as quickly and as effectively as possible. To make this possible it is important that we know as much about the audience as we do about the accident. When dealing with a multicultural audience this can be a difficult task, since we have to take into account any language barriers, how the information will be received. In this paper we will be discussing the method that the Chilean Copper Mine used after the accident that happened on Thursday, August 5th, 2010. How the Chilean Copper Mine communicates to the families of the miners, their employees and to the local community is very important. What they say will have an impact on everyone involved. The 5th of August, 2010, in the northern area of Copiapo, Chile is where the Chilean Copper Mine is located. The Chilean Copper Mine collapsed and on that fateful Thursday, 33 miners became trapped inside this was reported by The New York Times (New York Times, 2010). The miners were trapped in an area of the mine which was 2,300 feet below the surface. The 33 miners were trapped below ground for almost two months. It would be easy to understand why the Chilean Copper Mining Company was being skeptical about the possibilities of there being any survivors. During this time the Chilean Copper Mining Company was having a hard time keeping the families of the trapped miners reassured, some were having a hard time understanding how this could happen to their husbands. Keeping the employees calm and reassured that the Chilean Copper Mining Company was doing everything possible to get the miners out, this was their top priority. The Chilean Copper Mining Company had developed an emergency way to communicate with the families, employees and the local community in a delicate way (Roger, E.M., & Steinfatt, T.M., 1999). This was done so they could keep everyone up to date on the trapped...
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