Social media’s role in disaster response

A fun and informative infographic on the proliferation of social media use after a disaster


Winter Storm Virgil

It’s officially spring but Winter Storm Virgil would have some guessing otherwise. Driving Monday morning may be a challenge so please plan accordingly and allow yourself extra time to get to your destinations. For further updates check



AmeriCorps Week

Today marks the first day of AmeriCorps week 2013, AmeriCorps week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve.

This year’s theme, AmeriCorps Works, reflects AmeriCorps triple bottom line return on investment – for the recipients of service, the people who serve, and the larger community and nation. Celebrating the 800,000 men and women who have taken the AmeriCorps pledge and the billions of hours of service they’ve dedicated to make America stronger.

Hundreds of events are taking place across the United States service projects, recruitment fairs, school presentations, alumni gatherings, awards ceremonies, and more.

In Delaware festivities begin Monday March 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AmreiCorps members and volunteers will work with Sussex Habitat for Humanity, on a build project in Laural, DE.  Directions to the build.

Tuesday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Caring Corps will host a service event assisting the homeless at Samaritan Outreach and Distribution Center, 1410 North Claymont Street, Wilmington, DE. Directions

Wednesday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Emergency Services Corps will host a  clean up the Cranston Heights Fire Company at 3306 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

Thursday, March 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Youth Ambassadors Program is sponsoring a number of projects including painting murals, building picnic tables and general clean-up of Central Middle School, 211 Delaware Avenue, Dover, DE. Directions

Friday, March 14 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Totally Awesome Players event will bring volunteers together to spread the word around the Wilmington community about the local theater program for young people with intellectual disabilities. The location of the event is the Delaware Theater Company, 200 Water Street, Wilmington, DE. Directions

Time to spring forward and check those smoke detectors!

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, smoke alarms are the first indicator something is wrong. Tomorrow is not only a time to spring forward but also a time to check and change your smoke alarm batteries. Firefighters cannot stress enough that smoke detectors are their number one tool to save and protect lives.

Here are some more fire safety tips:

  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month to ensure they are working properly
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows how to respond if the alarm sounds
  • Practice home fire drills
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning your smoke detectors
  • Instructions can be found on the company’s website if you don’t have them any longer
  • Never borrow a smoke detector’s battery for another use

EXCLUSIVE: Behind The Scenes Look At Women Training To Join FDNY « CBS New York

Today is International Women’s Day — a day to focus on expanding women’s civil and human rights around the world as well as commemorating the many women whose achievements on the civic, economic, scientific, political and personal fronts have been vital to world. The term “fireman” is no longer in use within the fire service, but is still part of everyday language, used as a generic term for people who fight fires; the world of public safety has long been known for being one big family. It is even more true with the increasing number of women who prove themselves day in and out.

In honor of International Women’s Day here is a gimps of what it takes to be a woman in the FDNY.

EXCLUSIVE: Behind The Scenes Look At Women Training To Join FDNY « CBS New York.

Final Storm Update – Thursday Afternoon March 7

Delaware made its way through the winter storm in relatively good shape. Here is a final update as DEMA has stood down emergency operations.

Final Storm Update – Thursday Afternoon March 7.

Twitter offers great potential for rapid and integrated response to disasters.

idisaster 2.0

Post by: Kim Stephens

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (@MDMEMA on Twitter)  has recently taken their social media communication’s strategy to new heights–even incorporating a module about the tools into their Public Information Officer training.

I had the opportunity to meet the MEMA  Social Media Coordinator, Kasey Parr, when we both served on a panel at the Social Media Week in Washington DC (a big thank you to Michael Clarke of International Media Solutions for organizing our session). I  asked Kasey in a written follow up for a little more detail about their social media plans and current processes. Below is the result of the Q&A with both Kasey and Ed McDonough,  the MEMA PIO.

Q1. What type of Social Media content is included in the PIO training?

A1: Kasey: The first training we conducted on “Social Media in the JIC” was right before Hurricane Sandy, forcing me to cut down on my…

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