Social Media in Emergency Management: Report Rollout and Webcast

2011 Social Media in Emergency Management Camp Report

Watch the live webcast on Thursday, November 10th at 8:30—10:00 AM  EST

By harnessing the collective power of citizens and engaging communities in their own response and recovery, social media have the power to revolutionize emergency management. Yet, many challenges—including guidelines for use by response agencies, demonstration of value, and characterization of reliability—must be addressed if the potential of social media is to be fully realized in emergency response and relief efforts in the United States.

Please join us on November 10th for this panel and roundtable discussion, which will be chaired by Dr. Clarence Wardell of CNA and will feature findings from the report, “2011 Social Media + Emergency Management Camp: Transforming the Response Enterprise.” Panelists from the emergency management community, the private sector, government, and the digital volunteer community will discuss the report and offer policy and research recommendations for moving forward with the adoption, integration, and practice of social media in emergency management.

Twitter: To follow the event on Twitter or to ask questions of the panelists use the hashtag: #SMEM11

Location: 5th Floor Board Room, Woodrow Wilson Center, Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C.


  • Dr. Clarence Wardell, Research Analyst, CNA Safety & Security (Moderator)
  • Dr. Karen Smilowitz, Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University
  • Kim Stephens, Author of iDisaster 2.0 Blog and ABT Associates, Inc.
  • Pascal Schuback, Emergency Management Program Coordinator, King County Office of Emergency Management and Core Member, CrisisCommons
  • Rachel Racusen, Director of Public Affairs at FEMA
  • Wendy Harman, Director, Social Strategy, American Red Cross


  • Science and Technology Innovation Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center
  • CNA Safety & Security
  • CrisisCommons, and SMEM Initiative

This event is open to the public. For a PDF copy of the report when it is published (Nov 10, 2011),  for a linked to the archived video webcast (after Nov 10th), and for directions to the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC, click here.


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