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A Citizen’s Eye View of Public Preparedness

The “Harlem 411″ On CERT

September 20th, 2008 · No Comments

Last night, I had the terrific opportunity to talk about the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program on WHCR-FM’s “Harlem 411″ show, hosted by Haja Worley. Haja, who himself is a member of the CERT from his West Harlem neighborhood, is doing a series of segments on public preparedness. We discussed our experiences as a [...]

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Joining Today’s Red Cross Media “Roadblock”

September 19th, 2008 · No Comments

The Red Cross is asking media — both old and new — to participate in a “roadblock” today, Friday, helping to raise awareness of and money for the organization’s disaster efforts.
“In Case Of Emergency, Read Blog” is happy to be part of the blogosphere’s roadblock.

If you want to donate to the Red Cross, go to
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Dramatic Propane Factory Explosion In Toronto Underscores Potential Benefits, Dangers For Press, Government & Public Of Twitter, New Media In Emergencies

August 12th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The blog “Web Strategy by Jeremiah” does an interesting, multi-media analysis of the role of the social messaging service Twitter (as well as other civilian media coverage) in reporting a propane gas explosion in Toronto early Sunday morning. In the post, titled “Crises Tracking on Twitter: The Benefits -and Dangers- of New Media,” Jeremiah (Jeremiah Owyang, [...]

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Tags: Preparedness 2.0

Why Prepare? Ask The Survivors (Part 1) — “New Orleans Times-Picayune” Readers’ Post-Katrina List Of Preparedness Tips

July 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

One of the simplest but most ingenious uses of the internet for disaster preparedness is the New Orleans Times Picayune’s list of reader hurricane preparedness lessons learned mostly as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
The Times-Picayune, which did such heroic coverage during and after Katrina, solicited these ideas from readers in 2006 and printed them weekly [...]

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Tags: Hurricane Preparedness · Media · Preparedness Tips

“Homeland Security Inside & Out” Radio Show Interview

July 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Welcome to listeners of the public radio show “Homeland Security Inside & Out” who are arriving here at this blog for the first time. I hope you’ll stick around.
I did an interview for the show about the blog that appears on this week’s show. 
As I have written before, I am a big fan of “Homeland [...]

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“Hero Reports” — Citizens Posting Everyday Acts Of ‘Civic Courage’ By Other Citizens

July 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Thanks to “The Takeaway”, WNYC Radio’s new morning show, I discovered a fascinating website/project, Hero Reports ( Brainchild of Massachusetts Institute of Technology doctoral candidate Alyssa Wright, Hero Reports takes its inspiration from the “See Something, Say Something” transit security campaign but adds a very constructive twist by soliciting examples of what the site calls “civic [...]

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The Many Obstacles To Citizen Preparedness

July 12th, 2008 · No Comments

In a post earlier this week, I discussed the Florida Legislature’s attempt to address an obstacle faced by citizens as they try to prepare for emergencies — storing prescription medicine. In last weekend’s New York Times Magazine, there was an article, “Are You Ready For The Next Disaster,” by Eric Klinenberg that describes the range of other impediments that [...]

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Tags: Preparedness Lessons

In ‘”Blogger Roundtable” Interview, DHS Secretary Chertoff, FEMA Head Paulison Offer Next Administration Advice On Preparing U.S. Public For Catastrophic Emergencies

July 3rd, 2008 · 4 Comments

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a “Blogger Roundtable” on emergency preparedness with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff and Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) chief R. David Paulison held at DHS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. I joined Jonah Czerwinski of the Homeland Security Watch and Rich Cooper of Security Debrief as one of three questioners. The full transcript can be found here. 
It was a wide-ranging, [...]

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Tags: Department of Homeland Security · Media

PBS’ “Carrier” & Its Lessons For Engaging And Preparing The Public About Our Own Homeland Security

June 24th, 2008 · No Comments

On the train back from Washington last week, I was riveted to my iPod watching one of the best hours of television I’ve seen in a long time – the first segment of “Carrier,” PBS’ 10-part documentary, which follows a six-month deployment of the USS Nimitz to the Persian Gulf.
The episode is wonderful – informative, funny, inspiring, frank, and beautifully shot. There [...]

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Tags: Entertainment · Media · Preparedness Lessons

Checking That Your Children’s Camp Has A Disaster Plan This Summer

June 17th, 2008 · No Comments

With summer approaching and the memory of the Iowa tornado disaster still resonating, the Linda Wagar of Fox-4 TV in Kansas City had a good story reminding parents to make sure the camp their kids has an emergency plan:
“The Boy Scout camp tragedy in Iowa is raising awareness of just how vulnerable kids can be when they’re away at [...]

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Tags: Preparedness Tips · Uncategorized