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How Social Research Can Help Emergency Managers Plan

By   /  April 9, 2012  /  #smem, Emergency Management, Social Media  /  No Comments

In addition to being director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Kathleen Tierney is a professor of sociology and has more than 25 years of experience in the disaster field. The center serves as a clearinghouse for information on the social dimensions of hazards, disasters and risk. It researches disaster […]

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What Cities are Best at Engaging Citizens with Social Media?

By   /  March 29, 2012  /  #smem, Emergency Management  /  No Comments

Excerpt from study- This study examined features on local government websites that could contribute to civic engagement, through 1) information about government and community, and 2) through interactive or participatory opportunities online. The research is based on content analysis of government websites in the 75 largest U.S. cities and 20 largest Illinois cities between March and the beginning of May 2011. […]

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Social Media are about Engagement, not Control

By   /  March 23, 2012  /  #smem, Emergency Management  /  No Comments

From Kim Stephens @ idisaster 2.0 I’ve been in two meetings this week where public officials have stated that their job was in some way  to “control social media”.  One person stated that in an upcoming exercise “We are going to ‘play’ some social media and learn how to control that…”. In the another conversation […]

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Emergency Management Use of Location-Based Social Networking

By   /  March 13, 2012  /  #smem, Emergency Management  /  No Comments

From the Disasters 2.0 Blog I saw this morning (some three months after it was acquired by Facebook) that GoWalla was finally shut down.  According to most reports, the GoWalla developers are helping Facebook continue to udpate it’s Timeline feature for profiles and users. Many of you are probably asking — what’s GoWalla and who […]

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Missouri University Extension helps Branson Survivors via Facebook

By   /  March 7, 2012  /  #smem, Emergency Management, Social Media  /  No Comments

From Kim Stephens @ idisaster 2.0 Rebecca and Genevieve Williams of Neosho, Mo., the founders of Joplin Tornado Info facebook page, have created a Guidelines for use of Social Media for Disaster Recovery white paper with the aid of  David Burton, a civic communications specialist, at the University of Missouri Extension.  Below is an excerpt from paper […]

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