- Kim Stephens (@Kim26stephens on Twitter)
- Heather Blanchard (@poplifegirl)
- Jim Aleski (@JimAleski)
- Scott Gauvin (@scottcgauvin)
- Sara Estes Cohen (@saraestescohen)
- Kate Starbird (@katestarbird)
- Justin Kenney (@JustinNOAA)
- section 3.5 which deals with examples of contributions from citizens ... feel free to add your own work!
- section 3.6 which highlights the use of social media and crisis mapping by legacy media and the private sector ... again, tell us your story or something you've found ...
- section 4 where we need more instances of the use of SM, crisis mapping and crowdsourcing by gov't agencies at all levels.
- in section 5, we'll take a look at whatever suggestion for improvement you may want to bring forward
- section 6 is for any comments you may have that's relevant and respectful ... they can be critical of the use of SM during disasters but they MUST be made in appropriate ways
This closer relationship should contribute to build better prepared communities by harnessing the power of social networks as public education tools. It will also ensure responses more closely matched to the actual needs of people impacted by disasters who now have the ability to instantly share what they experience and what their needs are. Finally, mobile technologies and social networks have already proven their ability to help foster, create or strengthen communities affected by disasters and help speed up the recovery process.
We believe that these observations have proven true again in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, It is our hope that this document can help provide stronger arguments to convince executives and elected officials about the need to integrate social media and the extraordinary contribution of volunteers and citizens, in all aspects of local, state and even federal emergency planning activities, response operations, exercise programs and recovery efforts.