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Why Is Crisis Mapping So Popular?

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The consumerization of technology is enabling mapping to shift from an EOC support function to a skill of the modern emergency manager.
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This article discusses crisis mapping and its role in the emergency management process. By providing near real time data in visual form, crisis maps allow emergency professionals to assess a situation and dispatch services to targeted areas based on their immediate needs. As technology continues to provide an increasing amount of data, interpreting this information and using it in an effective manner has become a requisite skill of an effective emergency manager. The author closes by using crisis mapping as the most recent example of the many ways that emergency managers can integrate new technologies into existing systems to improve response and recovery times.

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Using Social Media to Enhance Emergency Situation Awareness

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Using Social Media to Enhance Emergency Situation Awareness
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Published In: Intelligent Systems, IEEE (Volume 27, Issue 6)

 

Date Published: Nov/Dec 2012

 

Pages: 7 (pp 52-59)

 

                In this piece, the authors discuss situational awareness during and after an emergency, with an emphasis on the role of social media in aiding first responders in the period following an incident. Specifically, the authors present a system architecture that leverages Twitter by mining data during emergencies, offering near-real time information to emergency managers. Research into this system was conducted during the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, where data collected from Twitter shows a large spike in posts in the five minute period following an earthquake and the subsequent aftershocks. The information contained in the tweets ranged from actionable intelligence on the locations of injured persons, to information on community and property damage in the area that could be used to track specific areas. The system utilizes a number of methods of data capture ranging from a parameter free burst detection module to a simpler geo tagging processor that visualizes tweets by placing them over a map of the affected area, providing detailed logistical information on casualties and initial damage reports. A detailed description of services provided by the system, as well as a number of graphs and data showcasing the system’s success during the Christchurch earthquake can be found within the article.

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If a Tree Falls in the Forest...

If a Tree Falls in the Forest... | Emergency Management Tools | Scoop.it
What happens if you have an emergency, and no one notices? Did it really happen? We've talked about that before, but in the context of multiple disasters happening simultaneously and the competitio...
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This is a short blog entry on the importance of the media in the aftermath of an emergency. The piece cites specific events where disasters were largely ignored by the media and public at large, and briefly mentions the importance of raising awareness when an event occurs. More substantive posts are embedded within the piece, including one about the effect of preventing media access to disaster sites in the immediate aftermath of an event, and a longer piece on a blizzard in South Dakota that was ignored by the media despite the massive effect on the agricultural industry. The two articles underscore the importance of raising awareness with both the media and the public during and after an incident, and the effects of neglecting those responsibilities.

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