Social Media use by Emergency Managers: Survey Says!

When I worked as the Assistant to the Director of the American Red Cross Galveston Emergency Center during Hurricane Katrina, there wasn’t a way for us to communicate with the world outside of the radio and telephone calls.   Indeed, group telephone calls was the operative norm back then.   Texting and the ability communicate through WorPress and other programs enables so much more today.

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Post by: Kim Stephens

CNA, a not-for-profit research and analysis organization,  in conjunction with the National Emergency Management Association, released the results of their survey of emergency management organizations about the use of social media. You can download the report here. The CNA website provides a description of why they felt a survey was important:

To date, much of the data on social media and emergency management is limited to anecdotal accounts or case studies. Thus, CNA, in partnership with the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), funded the development and nationwide distribution of a 56-question survey to state, county, and local emergency management and response agencies in late 2012 to answer questions about social media use in emergency management. By taking a survey approach, we were able to provide a broader, complementary perspective to existing anecdotes and case studies. This report provides the key results of that survey.*

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Exclusive: Google Designing Its Own Self-Driving Car, Considers ‘Robo Taxi’

Google is far ahead of it’s rivals in so many ways, and the quality of it’s efforts are showing forth such as in it’s many competitive products and in endeavors like their self-driving car.

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By Amir Efrati

Google Inc., which has been working on software to help major automakers build self-driving cars, also is quietly going around them by designing and developing a full-fledged self-driving car, according to people familiar with the matter.

In recent months, Google has held talks with contract manufacturers to build new cars to Google’s specifications, said the people familiar with the matter. The move came after Google’s talks with big car brands about incorporating its technology into their vehicles failed to yield a partnership, one of these people said.

Google also has a novel idea for what it could do with these cars. The company has considered ways to sell self-driving vehicles to individuals. But it also has focused on the potential for an autonomous car it designs to become part of “robo-taxi” services that pick up passengers on demand, these people said. Whether Google would try to operate…

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We are the Center For People With Disabilities, Inc., a faith-based, 501-c-3 not for profit organization now located in Austin, Texas.   We relocated here just hours before Hurricane Ike struck Galveston Island, Texas, and have set up operations from Austin.   We exist to serve the needs of people with disabilities one area of focus at a time, as agreed upon by our Board of Directors.

Here we are, at the end of 2010, with still so much left to accomplish.   Looking back, two of our program goals have now been realized and accomplished in the past few years (an Astronaut with a disability finally was launched into space and the ADA was further strengthened and it’s reach expanded, as well as having added a new area of focus (Environmental Disabilities)

We have gotten away from our focus on the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), having passed it along to other organizations.   Instead, our focus will turn next year to sharing the full history of the Americans with Disabilities Act with everyone, to enabling such Advocacy on behalf of the rights of Americans with disabilities, to helping ensure that Texans and Americans with disabilities receive the services that they need in the EMS and emergency response system, and through other public channels.   Please contact us if we can be of assistance through any of our six Program areas.   Thanks for stopping by!

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