To me that series of events is important to the development and general acceptance of SMEM by emergency managers for a few reasons:
- social media played a key role in the alerting process
- social networks were extensively used to help with the response and early recovery efforts
- the use of social media made its way beyond the realm of the PIO and into other functions of the EOC.
|Screen Capture from Tweetdeck showing the hashtags #Henryvillehelps and #Henryvilleneeds|
These events affected a great number of people throughout many states. For many of them, social networks proved to be an essential lifeline. In fact, the technology can be used to harness the power of the crowd, increase community resilience and play a key role in recovery efforts. Here's what my friend Kim Stephens wrote earlier this year on a project combining all these.
For the above reasons, the outbreaks of tornadoes in late February and early March rank at number 4 in my list of top 10 SMEM-related events of 2012.
The list so far:
Series introduction (Dec. 5,m 2012)
#10: the Israel-Hamas War (Dec. 9, 2012)
#9: the wildfires in the western US (Dec. 12, 2012)
#8: the SMEMTO conference (Dec. 16, 2012)
#7: the lauch of FEMA's SMEM course (Dec. 17, 2012)
#4: the early tornado outbreaks in the Midwest (Dec. 30, 2012)
Jim Garrow's list on his blog: The Face of the Matter
Kim Stephens's entry on her blog idisaster 2.0