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Using social media as a tool during disaster

NDPTC logoSeptember is National Disaster Preparedness Month.

Earlier this year, we saw how Twitter and Facebook were both used when Tropical Storm Flossie impacted Maui and when Super Storm Sandy hit the East Coast. More and more, emergency managers are turning to social media as a vital tool during disasters.

The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at the University of Hawaii offers a FEMA-certified training course called, “Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery.” It is one of their most popular courses, along with a course on tsunami awareness.  In sum, the NDPTC trained more than 1,910 participants in its 16 different courses in the first half of 2013.

In this video, NDPTC’s Associate Director for Course Development and Delivery, James Burke, and NDPTC Social Media Instructor, Kepano Kekuewa, visit Hawaii News Now to discuss how social media is being used as a tool during disasters.

Watch the interview here.

About the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center

The NDPTC is a member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), which was expanded in 2007 to address all-hazards capabilities by the addition of the University of Hawai`i. The NDPTC is authorized to develop and deliver training and educational programs related to homeland security and disaster management, with a specific focus on natural hazards, coastal communities, and the special needs and opportunities of islands and territories. The NDPTC actively engages internally with FEMA and the University of Hawai`i, as well as with external partners across the region to integrate the delivery of its trainings, products, and services.

Visit the National Disaster Preparedness Center’s website to view upcoming training courses and sign up.

The National Disaster Preparedness Center is affiliated with UH Manoa’s College of Social Sciences.