Wednesday, February 29, 2012
8:30 am Report-backs from breakout sessions
9:30 Case Studies of Uses of Social Media in Disasters

Social media is already being used both formally and informally by emergency managers. Researchers have also begun to examine social media communication streams to learn how social media are used during a disaster. This panel will examine recent experience and research on social media use.

Currently used tools for monitoring social media for situational awareness
Brian Humphrey, Los Angeles Fire Department

Use of Twitter for earthquake detection and alerting
Paul Earle, USGS National Earthquake Information Center

The use of social media tools to disseminate information during a health crisis
Keri Lubell, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Leslie Luke, Office of Emergency Services, County of San Diego and Richard Muth, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, moderators
10:30 Use of Social Media by Nongovernment Organizations

News organizations and technology firms have used social media during crises and disasters to provide information to and gather information from the public. This panel will explore lessons for government from this private-sector experience, partnerships between the public and private sectors, and how new technology may shape those partnerships.

Brad Panovich, News Channel 36, Charlotte, North Carolina

Robert Kraut, Carnegie Mellon University, moderator

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