Competing information, complementary information, coordinating information

March 17, 2011 by  
Filed under EERI Team Field Blog, Social Impacts

The use of social media in disaster is often described as “drinking from a fire hose.” For those tuned in to social media , who monitor information flowing freely from citizen reporters on the disaster-affected streets, there is often so much information flowing that it is incredibly difficult to...


Toilet Inequality

March 17, 2011 by  
Filed under EERI Team Field Blog, Social Impacts

It’s a stinky subject to write about, but there is toilet inequality in disaster response and recovery. Here in Christchurch, the sewerage system has been inoperable for varying periods of time depending upon the location you live. This has meant that many Cantaburians have been reliant on port-a-loos...


Raw, Real, and Open: UCSA Communications

March 17, 2011 by  
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The University of Canterbury Student Association has a clear strategy for online communications with their students at the Uni: honest, unfiltered, and raw. “Facebook is designed to be conversational,” explained their student services manager, Steve Jukes, “we want bad press as well as good press...


Social Media and Christchurch Emergency Communication

March 17, 2011 by  
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During the September 4, 2010 earthquake, the Christchurch City Council had no use of, or strategy to implement social media into their risk and crisis communications plan. Thoughtful observers who also endured that harrowing event found that local community members were turning to online social networks...


Crisis Camp New Zealand

March 17, 2011 by  
Filed under EERI Team Field Blog, Social Impacts

Over the past two years we have witnessed a surge of online activism as technology volunteers, hackers and geeks donate their time, skills, and expertise to the disaster response cause. Armed with a “digital pick axe” these international volunteers work selflessly to monitor social media, crowdsource...