Social Media: Part of Your Disaster Preparedness Plan?

In January we hosted two webinars that addressed disaster preparedness in public media: one about the CPB-funded SAFER project, and another about the Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness. (Our webinar archive provides links to these and other past webinars from NCME.) Both webinars brought out some great issues and opportunities for public broadcasting stations when it comes to being a vital part of communities in times of crisis. We’ve included a page on our site that brings together information and resources for using engagement principles to keep your community safe.

If you’re exploring ways to strengthen your ties to the community through disaster preparedness, there are many resources that can help you make social media a part of your plan. The SAFER project provides some great instruction on the use of social media by stations for station continuity in emergencies. Social Innovation Conversations recently posted this podcast in which Jeannie Stamberger from The Disaster Management Institute at Carnegie Mellon University provides examples of successful social media use in times of crisis, including use of social media to correct misinformation.

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