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The reach of social media in disaster response scenarios.

Following the recent Boston bombings there has again been a lot of discussion on the role which social media plays as part of the dissemination of information and advice following disasters and public safety incident. The discussions this time has

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Hurricane #Sandy response sitrep.

Mark Rubino, John Garrison, Monsignor Brown & local volunteer. It’s been 12 days since Superstorm (thank the media for that term) Sandy hit the US East Coast and Disaster Tech Lab has been flat out busy assisting in the disaster

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Hurricane Sandy Communications crowdmap.

Hurricane Sandy brought along a need for another crowdsourced, Crisiscamp type effort to support & coordinate response work. After being plugged into the “VTC Coordination room” on Skype for the last 24 hours and tracking all the reports, initiatives while

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A reminder: the shift in emergency communications is far from complete

Over on the Emergency Management website I came across this excellent article by Patrice Cloutier. By Patrice Cloutier In the recent weeks, I’ve been deployed to the sites of major incidents to help coordinate emergency information and support command as

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Cellphone disaster preparedness.

Cecil County, Maryland has put a page on their emergency management website outlining how to prepare your cellphone for disaster situations.  They not only point out how to use your cellphone during a disaster but also what to think of when

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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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