The video above was produced by my friends Bill Boyd and Gerald Baron from Bellingham, Washington. I've mentioned both of them many times on STATter911.com. They are among the smartest people out there who are trying to figure out how to handle social media at the time of a crisis or major emergency. You can read their blogs and more about Bill, here and Gerald, here.
Pay close attention to the man on the screen. He knows what he speaks of.
The core message is simple–today with social media spreading info and mis-info at the speed of light "you can't be fast enough" in getting correct information out. Excuse the production quality–I'm still learning–but I think this is a valuable contribution to the on-going discussion and education effort on this topic that is very important. I hope that every communicator who sees this passes it on to every fire chief, police chief, emergency management executive, Incident Commander and elected official they know. And if you are a chief or in emergency management, send this around to your team to help everyone get on the same page.
Some of you may wish to have a copy of the video to download so you can run it from your system rather than on the internet. I'd be happy to accommodate that. You can request it at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 360-303-9123.
Also, Bill and I are working on some additional training videos and manuals so if you want to be alerted to the availability of these, you can register for updates at www.agincourt.us.
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Also on STATter911 …
- Social media & the fire service from people who get it. Let Chief Bill Boyd guide you & your department into a brave new world. – August 12, 2012
- FDNY & others tweet through the night … a very rough night. Social media, both a beacon in the storm & one that can lead the public & the news media astray. – October 30, 2012
- Something scary for Halloween: Free webinar – Social Media in Large Scale Incidents with Varone & Statter. Sign up now. – October 30, 2013
- Having a social media policy doesn’t mean you’re a socialist. That & other useful info from Varone & Statter’s free SM webinar. – October 22, 2012
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