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Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness: Working Drafts of the National Planning Frameworks

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

Everyone is encouraged to review the working draft National Frameworks and the initial draft of the Recovery Interagency Operational Plan posted above, and provide comments using the accompanying feedback submission form. The feedback submission forms should be sent to PPD8-Engagement@fema.dhs.gov (feedback must be submitted via the provided feedback submission forms). Feedback will be received through […]

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Social media aids diplomacy, disaster response

By   /  February 5, 2012  /  #smem, Emergency Management, General News  /  No Comments

U.S. embassies used to pass important security alerts to Americans abroad through word of mouth, Janice Jacobs, assistant secretary of State for consular affairs, said Friday. Embassy consular sections relayed those warnings, called “warden messages” through pre-organized phone trees or by actually knocking on doors, she said. Later, embassies began sending mass emails to Americans […]

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Workshop: Public Response to Alerts and Warnings via Social Media

By   /  February 5, 2012  /  #smem, Social Media  /  No Comments

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 8:00 AM – Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM (PT)Irvine, CA The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the National Academies will be holding a workshop to examine current knowledge and research on social media’s role in alerts, warnings, and crisis.  The workshop, organized by the National Academies, […]

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Supply chains: Innate tensions between efficiency and resilience

By   /  January 27, 2012  /  Homeland Security  /  No Comments

Wednesday the White House released a new National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security.   This is an issue easy to underestimate.  Like the plumbing in your house, it tends not to be at the forefront until something goes wrong: leaking, freezing, breaking, bursting, or when the well goes dry. Below is a quick take […]

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Social Media and the Super Bowl: 4 Key lessons for Emergency Managers

By   /  January 27, 2012  /  #smem, Emergency Management  /  No Comments

From Kim Stephens @ iDisaster 2.0 Yes, I know that the time of writing this post is Pre-Super Bowl, but this Mashable article about the social media command center organized for the event has me thinking. I found  four key lessons the emergency management community can take away from their effort, before the event has […]

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