If you are interested in the issues discussed on this blog and you will be in the Washington, D.C. area on Friday, I recommend a panel discussion,Â “Citizen Preparedness: Harnessing an Engaged Public”. The event is sponsored byÂ George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI). It is the fourthÂ and final event in HSPI’s Presidential Transition Roundtable Series – “Thinking Anew: Security Priorities for the Next Administration”.
The panel will take place on Friday fromÂ 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m in Room 405 at George Washington University’s Marvin Center (800 21st Street, NW).
Featured presentations at this event will be given byÂ Amanda Ripley, author of the must-readÂ The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes,Â andÂ Andy Carvin, Senior Product Manager for Online Communities at National Public Radio, who has been a leader in developing social media during disasters. Follow-up commentary will be provided byÂ Jan Lane, HSPI’s Deputy Director and an expert in preparedness.
If you are interested in attending, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or at (202) 994-0986. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.Â If you cannot be there in person, you can follow the panel on Twitter (Username: HSPI). That’s what I will be doing; I had hoped to participate in this event, but I will unable to be there.Â Whether you are able to attend the panel or not, you might want to take a look at the HSPI’s citizen preparedness page,Â which has a lot of resources on the topic.