Pago Pago, AS -- FEMA has been in the forefront of government agencies in adapting its communication efforts to include social media and the next generation of online tools.
By posting video, photographs and news releases online as well as social media sites, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, the Agency seeks to communicate directly with federal and local partners, the general public and the media, providing timely information on disaster preparedness, response and recovery. This outreach also results in transparency into FEMA’s operations and engages the audience in interactive communication.
In the response phase of the earthquake, tsunami and flooding in American Samoa, FEMA videographers and photographers were on the ground documenting everything from generators being shipped to the island to Disaster Assistance Medical Teams providing backup care for the hospital to tents being installed for survivors with damaged property.
Among the nearly two dozen video “webisodes” that can be viewed online are the Coast Guard retrieving hazardous materials in Pago Pago harbor and temporary classrooms being constructed on the site of damaged schools.
For access to video of the response and recovery of the American Samoa disaster of September 29, 2009, go to www.youtube.com/user/FEMA#grid/user/97EF2F0B0BB6C240. [Wait for page to load]
For photos, go to www.photolibrary.fema.gov/photolibrary/index.jsp
Then click on the scroll arrow in the “location” field and pull down to America Samoa.
For disaster information, including media releases, go to www.fema.gov.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards