For the second month in a row, I am gratefully in the Sunshine State co-facilitating two Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery classes for the National Disaster Preparedness Center. The classes have been an average of 35 – 40 students, all from nearby cities and counties across the State from various emergency management and public safety departments. The response has been steady with six classes scheduled in as many cities. As a practitioner of emerging media, I am encouraged by the sincere interest of the leadership across Florida. For example, the social media efforts for Brevard County Emergency Management is led by its Director, Kimberly Prosser since 2010.
Today, in response to the use of social media during the recent tragedy in Aurora, CO; our tweets during the class caught the attention of First Coastal News. A reporter and cameraman came down to Building 53 of the University of Northern Florida and interviewed Bruce Scott, Fire Captain with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and point of contact for our training. Below is the video.
The NDPTC is currently scheduling trainings across the US and territories, contact them if your emergency management or public safety departments are interested.