“with updates on emergency situations, local emergency contact information, an instructional video, emergency kit checklists and guidelines on how to better prepare for an emergency. Users can also access a clickable map to find contact information for state and local government agencies, where they can learn more about specific emergency information in their communities. Additionally, the widget helps users stay up-to-date on the latest Ready activities through Twitter news feeds (by following the user name “ReadydotGov”). The widget can be posted to social networking profiles, blogs, wikis and personal homepages.”
The widget along with some other preparedness tools can be found on theÂ Ready/Ad Council “Be Prepared” page:
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s New Emergency Information Widget
This is an initial step as the Homeland Security Department and other governmental organizations begin tapping the huge promise of social media in disaster preparation and response. As they say, ‘watch this space’, because undoubtedly the Department and others will be expanding their emergency-related social media activities in the near future.