First responders use social websites

First responders to disasters are learning how to leverage data through social websites like Twitter and Flickr. An article by Joseph Straw in Security Management Magazine, discusses how useful social media like Twitter, Flickr, and geotagging can be used in major disasters.

Straw says, “Nearly all major emergency management agencies already use geospatial information systems (GIS)—electronic maps—in command and control, with applications like WebEOC and ArcGIS software from Esri,” but he notes, “[t]he next step is to make these electronic maps more dynamic and useful for situational awareness purposes via an overlay of data points from social media through what is called crisis mapping.”

He uses the crisis map following last year’s earthquake in Haiti by the international volunteer Ushahidi Project as an example.

To read the full article, click here.

Other related articles: Social data and geospatial mapping join the crisis response toolset; Haiti’s Earthquake, One Year Later; Interactive Map on the Crisis in Haiti

Security Management Magazine

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern.


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