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SMEM = Social Media in Emergency Management


As we've mentioned before on the blog, social media is becoming increasingly important to disaster survivors and emergency managers. 

Tomorrow, I will be attending an event on social media in emergency management with colleagues of mine, as part of the annual National Association of Emergency Managers Mid-Year Conference.  The goal of the social media event is to bring together the team --- emergency managers from the Federal, State and local levels, technology volunteers, private sector, and others who are involved in the social media space --- to continue the dialogue about using social media and technology in emergency management and beyond. 

Just like we saw after the Tennessee floods and just like we're seeing in Japan, the recovery process from any disaster can be long, and getting information out throughout the whole recovery process is just as important as during the response.

If you're completely new to social media, want to learn more, and/or want to start using social media in your emergency management capacity, I encourage you to follow the conversation on Twitter from tomorrow's event by following #smem11.  After tomorrow, you can participate in the conversation by following #smem and share your thoughts, ideas and experiences.

And as always, on Twitter you can follow @fema and Administrator Fugate @CraigatFEMA (see this article in Computer World for more information on Administrator Fugate's view of social media and technology at FEMA).

I look forward to hearing from you, either on Twitter or by leaving a comment below.

- Shayne

Last Updated: 
06/16/2012 - 14:28


Twitter can't find #smem11<br /><br />Is there a typo or will it be available later today?

Sorry about that. Go to // and type in #smem11 to see the ongoing conversation.

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