All in Disaster Response

I recently received an email request asking for help from a state emergency management professional who’s interested in Web 2.0. I didn’t discourage him from using the term “Web 2.0” since I thought that would just confuse him; heck, just today I found out that “Web 3.0” has already been replaced by “Web Squared” by people who should know better …
If you have recently written a check to pay college tuition for the coming semester, you will be interested to know that, if Congress has its way, part of the money you spend on your child’s college education will now be going to subsidize college-based copyright enforcement and anti-piracy efforts.
I received an email commenting on Social Networking and Elsevier’s “Grand Challenge” for Knowledge Enhancement in the Life Sciences. I had suggested that networked access to published health science authors would be useful in emergency situations where there is the need for rapid access to high quality health information from many different sources.

Potential Applications of Social Media and Social Networking in Local Disaster Response

People use the tools available to them when a crisis hits. Increasingly these tools include blogs, text messaging, and social networking systems such as Facebook. The use of such communication tools in disaster and emergency situations is evidence of an obvious fact: the people most involved in an emergency are going to communicate about it. The question is, how can those in an official capacity take advantage of these communication channels?
The Center for Homeland Defense and Security of the Naval Postgraduate School has published a video podcast of an interview with Dr. Jim Breckenridge titled The Psychological Effects of Media Exposure in the Case of a National Tragedy. Breckenridge is a Director of CIPERT, the nonprofit Center for Interdisciplinary Policy, Education, and Research on Terrorism.

School Communications & Emergency Response: What are the Implications for Social Media?

I’ve been reading documents from a page of links relevant to emergency planning for schools that is maintained by the Texas A&M University’s Integrative Center for Homeland Security. According to the Center’s blog, the list was started in response to the Virginia Tech shooting. I’m looking for information on the implications of using social media and social networking systems as part of the “mix” of communication tools that are relevant in an emergency.