The purpose of this #SMEMCHAT Special Event is to create an open learning forum about the role of Social Media in support of the preparation for, the response to, and the pending recovery from the ongoing widespread bushfires across Australia including Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.
On Twitter, event hashtag: #SMEMau
For those new to twitter, follow the discussion at http://tweetchat.com/room/smemau
January 25th 2013 – 9am – 10am Sydney time
January 24th 2013 – 5pm – 6pm New York time
For other time zones: www.timeanddate.com
- To provide participants direct insight from practitioners “directly engaged on the ground” in Australia as to how and when Social Media is being employed in their efforts.
- To provide participants a forum to ask questions and offer comments or solicit additional feedback in real time based on their understanding of how Social Media is being implemented.
- To validate or refute assumptions made by participants with respect to the use Social Media and its effectiveness across the spectrum of preparedness, response and recovery mission efforts.
- To identify best practices and share lessons learned in the use of Social Media in a regional or nationally significant catastrophic event.
At the conclusion of this #SMEMCHAT Special Event participants will gain new insight into the utility of Social Media in Emergency Management and understand how and when it can be most effectively utilized based on a real world event.
Participants will better understand the barriers and challenges to the effective use of Social Media and how; or if those obstacles can be successfully overcome while simultaneously managing a regional or nationally significant catastrophic event.
Based on the insight and knowledge gained through engaging in this #SMEMCHAT Special Event participants will be better prepared to plan and execute a Social Media Emergency Management Strategy and Plan in their local areas for disasters which they are directly impacted by or responsible for.
Participants will recognize the benefit and value of #SMEMCHAT as a premier source of information, knowledge, and insight into the emerging and evolving field of Social Media in Emergency Management, and will return often to both participate and contribute, and expand the base of participation by inviting those in their own networks to become involved and participate as well.