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NTSB Asking Public For Video From Washington, D.C. Metro Crash; Underscores Value Of User-Generated Content In Emergencies (& Growing Appreciation By Authorities Of It)

June 25th, 2009 · 2 Comments

In a move that highlights the proliferation of video cameras, the usefulness of citizen/user generated content in emergencies, and, maybe most importantly, the growing appreciation by government authorities of that content, the National Transportation Safety Board has made a public request that any individual who has video of this week’s Washington, D.C. Metro accident should contact them.

According to, NTSB inspectors ”surveyed businesses in the area to see if any had surveillance cameras that could be helpful in the investigation, but did not find any. But they are urging witnesses, survivors, or anyone with video to contact 866-328-6347.”

Thanks to the smart and comprehensive Twitter source for disaster news, the University of Colorado’s Natural Hazards Center (@HazCenter) for flagging this news from the bottom of the article.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bruce Curley // Jun 25, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    See Free Web 2.0 Tools for Emergency Workers that addresses this concern, here:

  • 2 su // Jun 30, 2009 at 2:19 am

    Is there anybody checking mobile phones on aeorplanes, if they are switched off or not? If 2 or 3 people turn it on and they have a call during flight from the land, would not be interfering with the state of the art fully computerised airbus??? People may do not need bombs anymore on board. Just wondering!

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