CONNECTING AMERICA - Building Resilience With Social Media
The attached document Connecting America - Building Resilience With Social Media by Stephen Flynn and Scott Bates is a good resource for both emergency managers and members of the public who have an interest in being better prepared for emergencies. It helps us better understand the impact of social media and the potential to use it more effectively in the future. In a time when we are experiencing a decline of volunteers it provides emergency managers with some thought provoking ideas about preparedness for emergencies which challenge the traditional ways we have been doing things in the past.
Over the course of this year the Task Force for a Resilient America has worked to answer the question, "How can we effectively communicate the message of resilience to the American people?" In the course of our work it became clear that supporting thespread of the core values of resilience - such as citizen engagement and participation - could best be accomplished through the useof social media, which thrives on these values.
The Task Force then turned to examining the question "How can we use social mediatools to empower people to act on the message of resilience and take an active role in preparedness, response and recovery?" Our recommendations provide some operationalsuggestions - such as an updated Emergency Broadcast System, maintaining Social Media Emergency Operations Centers, and Critical Network Notifications - that can be quickly accomplished if resources are applied and political will exists. However, to foster the resurgence of the spirit of resilience that we believe necessary to build a safer and more vital nation, community leaders, government officials and media entrepreneurs must build alliances to providethe structure and foster the focus and commitment required to renew a nation. Our recommendations for launching a nationalresilience movement that includes a social media summit are, we believe, first stepsthat can help unleash a virtuous cycle of actions that will empower citizens and strengthen America for decades to come.