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Social Media & Emergency Management (SMEM)

Northwest Columbia Heights Community Association (NWCHCA)


November 16, 2011 Jana Baldwin, MPH
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J. Baldwin, MPH 11.15.11

Outline
Definition & data
Social Media & Mobile Phone technology

Emergency Management stakeholders in the District of Columbia SMEM Content Examples

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What is Social Media


Online forms of communicating that any individual can employ, like: Blogs, Twitter, and Facebook.
(PC Magazines)

A few facts 65% of online users use social networking sites Most are young adult women 18-29 NO significant differences in use of social networking sites based on race and ethnicity, household income, education level, lives in an urban, suburban, or rural environment. (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 8/26/11)
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Mobile phones & Apps


83% of Americans own some kind of cell phone 9/11 73% of cell phone owners text, 31% prefer to text 9/11 43% of Americans own a phone with apps 11/11 87% of English-speaking & 80% of non-English speaking Hispanics own cell phones 10

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Why SMEM?
Disseminate information to a large group of people Timely & efficient- earthquakes, 9/11, snowstorms Free- Twitter, Facebook, blogger etc. are free services Services/industry designed to assist in SMEM
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Agency
DC MPD NYPD DC FEMS WMATA (Metro) 311/911 HSEMA Alert DC CSOSA

Twitter
followers @dcpolicedept

Facebook
likes

Mobile
Text program

2,522
@nypdnews

4,273 No official 953 2045

Alert DC- 1-way

23,182
@dcfireems

10,718
@wmata

Alert DC Mobile alerts-1-way NO 311 click fix Alert DC yes

21,477
@311dcgov

522
@DC_HSEMA

No

4 73

8,595
@dcalerts

7,588
@lensipes

1,641

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NO

Twitter Content

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Who monitors social media sites/text alerts?


Varies by jurisdiction and agency
Some agencies utilize their PIO- public information officer, others actual police, fire, or trained civilians

MPD combination of civilian employees and police that monitor and update twitter for 24/7 coverage Civilian employee that updates Facebook for events & some crime alerts Police update text alerts
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Small Group Recommendations


Stakeholder Concerns Policy Issues Initiatives Communication Timeline

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Pew Internet & American Life Project


http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Social-Networking-Sites.aspx http://pewinternet.org/Media-Mentions/2011/Pew-73-of-Cellphone-Owners-Text.aspx http://pewinternet.org/Media-Mentions/2011/More-Than-One-Third-of-American-Adults-Own-a-Smartphone.aspx http://pewinternet.org/Media-Mentions/2011/Hispanics-lead-US-embrace-of-mobile-technology.aspx http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Cell-Phones.aspx

International Chiefs of Police Center for Social Media


http://www.iacpsocialmedia.org/

Federal Emergency Management Agency Blog


http://blog.fema.gov/

Southeast Emergency Response Network


http://www.linkedin.com/company/southeast-emergency-response-network-seernShare best practices in information sharing, critical infrastructure protection, domestic security, emergency management and public health.

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