A Model for Aligning Key Internal Resources Before Crisis

Please welcome Kjell Brataas, a native Norwegian residing just outside of Oslo, serving as a senior communication advisor with Norway’s Ministry of Transportation. Kjell cut his crisis comms teeth on some devastating events, such as the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, in which 84 Norwegians died, and the 2011 terrorist attacks in Oslo and on […]

Social Media in Emergency Operations Blog Series: A Model for Aligning Integration with Existing Doctrine

I’ve explored the question of social media integration into operational decision-making during this blog series. I started by introducing readers to the white paper, “From Concept to Reality: Operationalizing Social Media for Preparedness, Response and Recovery,” developed by the Social Media Working Group for Emergency Services and Disaster Management – or SMWGESDM. I followed up with a […]

Social Media in Emergency Operations Blog Series: Verifying Information Gleaned from Social Media

In the previous post in this series on the integration of social media and operations I outlined some of the things managers can do to contend with the overwhelming volume of information social media provides. The most significant takeaway is the practice of narrowing social media searches based on the type of hazard and the gaps […]

Social Media in Emergency Operations Blog Series: Why Integration is a Difference Maker

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.” Note: Donald “Uncle Donnie” Rumsfeld said this during a Pentagon press […]

Social Media in Emergency Operations Blog Series: Introduction

Full disclosure: I didn’t initially buy the social media hype as it gained more and more mainstream popularity years ago. I didn’t envision the role it might someday play in more practical matters, such as marketing, branding and stakeholder engagement. I figured it wouldn’t be much more than a novelty or a fad for its […]

Do you know them? Do they know you? Do they know what you offer?

(Editor’s Note: We’re very happy to welcome friend and colleague Robert Lanier to The Crisis Communicator blogger family. I first met Rob at a full-scale disaster response exercise in New Haven, Conn., in the late summer of 1998 [I think that was our first meeting? Rob?]. He was a few years into the job, but had […]