Month: June 2012

Social Media tells the Story of Storms in Harford County, Maryland..

The iDisaster 2.0 blog has a great post on how social media gives access to a wealth realtime info on disasters. Knowing how to filter your stream and using hashtags & keywords will allow response work to be more accurately

Real-Time Public Health Data Improves Situational Awareness

When an ice storm hit Austin, Texas, in February 2011, Judy Henry decided it was time to provide real-time public health data to officials in the EOC. At a recent conference, Henry, an epidemiologist with the Austin/Travis County Health and

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Congress Funding Social Media in FEMA..

Kim Stephens, a social media blogger, posted this Social Media in House DHS Appropriations Bill for 2013 The blog post provides some interesting information on how Congress is pushing and funding FEMA to do more with social media. It makes

How to Establish a CERT in Your Jurisdiction..

CERT training teaches emergency first-aid, basic rescue techniques, assessing a building to determine if it’s safe to enter, basic firefighting, disaster psychology, securing utilities, operating with a team and neighborhood search. CERT-trained citizens learn to work with other CERT members

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Reading tips: Collaborative Filtering Techniques, Connected Communication & realtime Twitter analysis…

While trawling the interwebs for reading fodder we came across a reference to some excellent documents on Jonas Landgrens blog. Learning from the Crowd: Collaborative Filtering Techniques for Identifying On-the-Ground Twitterers during Mass Disruptions  Kate Starbird, Grace Muzny, Leysia Palen

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NWS Birmingham Launches New GIS Data Page

Currently on an experimental basis, the National Weather Service in Birmingham has developed this GIS data page in an effort to share meteorological geospatial information to the public and GIS analysts.  This page is intended to be a one stop shop portal

‘A State of Chaos’: The Joplin Tornado. Looking back after 1 year..

May 22, 2011, Joplin, Mo. The storms had been threatening all day, and the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning at 5:17 p.m. At 5:41, it arrived. With winds clocked at well over 200 mph, it cut a swath

In Surrey, network of radio operators will help in catastrophe

So what happens if all that fancy communications technology we depend on crashes when a major earthquake or some other catastrophe hits? Surrey’s civic government, RCMP, firefighters and Emergency Health Services have that problem covered, with a cheap and relatively

Emergency Planning Exercises for Your Organization

FEMA Private Sector Division, Office of External Affairs began a new series of tabletop exercises in 2010 as a tool to help private sector organizations advance their organization’s continuity, preparedness and resiliency.  The series is a part of the Division’s

Broadband Communications Network for Disaster Preparedness

One of the more interesting break-out sessions from this year’s UASI Homeland Security Conference was the discussion of a nation-wide broadband communications network to be used exclusively for disaster preparedness, mitigation and response. This topic has so much buy in because it

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