With each emergency, the public’s use of social media increases and it becomes more apparent that government officials and emergency managers need to devise ways to not only respond to questions posted on these platforms, but also use them to glean information that can aid situational awareness.
When disaster strikes on or near a college campus, local first responders don’t always have the staff or resources to help immediately — especially when the campus is as big as a small city.
From Kim Stephens @ idisaster 2.0 It has been documented that government agencies often experience a 500% increase in the number of followers and “fans” to their social media sites during a disaster. Monitoring those sites and responding to requests for information can become overwhelming: at a minimum it is most certainly labor intensive. Emergency… Continue Reading »
from the FEMA Blog It’s the beginning of a New Year and we are excited so many of you have taken part in our January activities. Two weeks ago we honored the Individual and Community Preparedness Award winners as Champions of Change at the White House and last week we celebrated the 10th anniversary of… Continue Reading »
It’s important that local government leaders become prepared to deal with emergencies. That’s the message delivered by CERT during its monthly meetings. CERT — the Mesquite Community Emergency Response Team — met at its Airport ll location on Jan. 3 to review team strategies and to stress the importance of local government leaders receiving emergency… Continue Reading »