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Interview With “Ready Radio” Show From Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter’s Cross Bloggers

October 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I had the great pleasure to be a guest on the latest episode of the “Ready Radio” show co-hosted by Robin Parker and Lise Harwin. Parker and Harwin are the impresarios (or as they might say it, imprep-e-sarios) behind the terrific Cross Blog of the Oregon Trail Red Cross.
In the segment, we discuss how I got [...]

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Tags: Media · Media Interviews · Red Cross

With Voting Ending Tonight, Some ‘Endorsements’ In #H1N1 Flu.Gov Citizen Video PSA Election

September 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment

As today is the last day that you can vote in the U.S. Health and Human Services’ H1N1 Flu Prevention PSA contest on Flu.Gov, I thought I would ask some folks from the worlds of social media, public health and/or emergency preparedness for their top pick from the 10 worthy finalists.
Among those I surveyed, the most [...]

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Tags: Contests · Pandemic Flu

Are You “Ready” For Some Emergency Preparedness Radio?

June 17th, 2009 · No Comments

From the same folks who brought you the Cross Blog comes “Ready Radio”, an internet-based biweekly show dedicated to emergency preparedness and related subjects. I just listened to the first episode, and I can tell you that hosts Lise Harwin and Robin Parker of the Red Cross/Oregon Trail Chapter bring the same creativity, enthusiasm and [...]

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Tags: Media · Preparedness Resources

Some Of My Top Citizen Preparedness-Related Songs — Please Suggest Your Own

June 10th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Over the past few years working on the issue of public preparedness and engagement, I have found myself noting songs and lyrics I’ve heard that I think touch on related themes. Last year, I posted videos from YouTube (along with some selected lyrics) of four songs that I find particularly resonant and representative of the ideas [...]

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Tags: Preparedness Songs

Emergency Social Media Needs To Be Tailored To Mobile Phones As Well As Computers

May 13th, 2009 · 3 Comments

I wanted to highlight points that two friends of this blog, Robin Parker and Jon Abolins, made last week in regard to government’s social media effort during the H1N1 flu outbreak. Both of them noted that social media content suitable for computer users is not necessarily effective for those utilizing a mobile phone, and that [...]

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Tags: Preparedness 2.0

H1N1 Flu Response Shows Government Needs To Improve Social Media Public Communications For Future Emergencies

May 4th, 2009 · 7 Comments

In his weekly radio/video address, President Obama addressed the government’s response to the H1N1 flu outbreak. One new topic he raised was the role of social media in communicating with the citizenry. As the President said: “The White House has launched pages on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to support the ongoing efforts by the CDC [...]

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Tags: Preparedness 2.0

A Couple Good Citizen Preparedness Ideas From A Couple Good Citizen Preparedness Idea People

September 6th, 2008 · No Comments

For the last week, I have been one of several Guest Bloggers for the American Red Cross’ “Red Cross Chat” blog. I thought I would bring to your attention two interesting posts from two of the other Guest Bloggers, David Stephenson and Robin Parker, two of the most innovative people I know when it comes to [...]

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Tags: Preparedness Tips

Cross Blog, CPR Romance & The Repositioning of Emergency Preparedness

June 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

I had a good weekend of cross blogging with Robin Parker and Lise Kerwin of Cross Blog, the terrific blog of the Red Cross’ Oregon chapter. I wanted to mention one more thing about Cross Blog that I think is worth noting: a typically playful, eye-catching post on Saturday titled “Can CPR Get You A Date” listed several Portland, Oregon Craig’s List postings of potential [...]

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Tags: Non-Profit Organizations · Red Cross

“Cross Blog” — The Oregon Red Cross’ Innovative Online Presence

June 22nd, 2008 · 2 Comments

One of the important goals of the American Red Cross’ Social Media Unit I just visited in Washington is drawing from (and spreading) creative preparedness 2.0 work being done in their chapters around the country.
This week, they invited Robin Parker, one of the founders of the Oregon chapter’s Cross Blog, to headquarters in Washington to help out with their social media efforts in response to the Midwest floods.   

Cross Blog’s Robin [...]

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Tags: Non-Profit Organizations · Preparedness 2.0