Monthly Archives: February 2012

SMEMChat: Using Social Media to Navigate Emergencies

by Stuart Ridgway, Original Music for Film and Television

I originally posted this article on the AWAREForum.org on February 3, 2012.

Who and What is SMEMChat

If you work in the Emergency Management field and have an interest in social media, you may have run across SMEMChat (Social Media and Emergency Management Chat) on Twitter.  Every Friday, from 12:30 to 1:30pm EST, Twitter users who are interested in emergency management follow tweets that contain the hashtag #smemchat.  AWARE readers will be interested in the lively conversations relating to the intersection of emergency management and social media.  Chats are open to anyone to contribute to or to just watch.

Over the last year I have learned a lot about emergency management and social media from a wide range of participants, such as public safety executives, social media strategists, emergency managers, and crisis communications experts.  I have also found that most of the participants adhere to several worthy and implicit tenets regarding the use of social media during an emergency: Continue reading

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