Thank you for supporting the "virtual" crisis camp last weekend.
Though Carmageddon was ultimately a non-event, this engagement was a
worthwhile opportunity for our community to provide support to the Los
Angeles Sheriff Department. Captain Mike Parker shared with us that
our social media monitoring enhanced the situational awareness in the
Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Moreover, because it was a
non-event, the Senior Leaders in the EOC had enough downtime to
observe the information we were filtering and contributing. By all
accounts, everyone in the EOC was impressed by what we did, and moving
forward they aim to include our voluntary contributions in the
Incident Command System Org Chart for every activation of the EOC.
This is really significant!!!
All who helped out should be proud of the fact that we enhanced the
situational awareness of the Unified Command to the degree that if we
weren't monitoring the tweets, pre-positioned officers would have
needed to be redeployed to put eyes on certain situations that our
tweets were grounding. Expect a more through report to come, but join
us in celebrating this successful engagement.
All the best,
Chad Catacchio and Alex Rose
Crisis Camp SoCal
On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 5:41 PM, Chad Catacchio <chadca...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Ok, just got off the phone with Captain Parker. Here's what he'd like us to
> So basically, he would like us to do the following, with a focus on Twitter
> (but Flickr could be very helpful as well):
> Bring emerging trends on Twitter (especially negative ones) to the attention
> of LA officials using the hashtag #405official and/or sending a tweet to
> Direct people with general questions to the websites listed below
> If anyone needs assistance and/or has something to report to officials,
> direct them to call 911 (which a standard procedure we should all follow
> here in the US) - 911 is infinitely better set up to manage these requests -
> it's what it is designed to do.
> Websites to direct people to:
> Also, thanks to Alan Glennon at UCSB, we are also archiving all geo-tagged
> tweets for the weekend around a number of keywords related to the closure,
> which we plan to use for data analysis after this weekend.
> If you are interested in helping out this weekend (we will be doing
> everything virtually) please join the CrisisCampSoCal Google
> Group http://groups.google.com/group/ccsocal , our FB
> page https://www.facebook.com/pages/CrisisCamp-SoCal/431837135577 and/or
> friend me on Skype (chadcat) and I'll add you into the CrisisCommons Skype
> chatroom. Please also follow @CrisisCampSoCal
> Also, if you have space in your tweets, please add the hashtag #CCSoCal
> Please email me directly if you have any questions.
> On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 4:18 PM, Chad Catacchio <chadca...@gmail.com>
>> If you are interested in helping out with our little traffic problem here
>> in LA this weekend....
>> Captain Parker of the LA Sheriff's Department has asked if we could
>> virtually mobilize this weekend to help LA County monitor social media
>> around the 405 shutdown, i.e. Carmaggedon. I have told him that we
>> will do our best to be at his disposal, but that specific tasks/topics
>> to monitor would be helpful (and that we do not want to try to take
>> the place of 911 and/or LA's sophisticated traffic monitoring
>> systems). If you have some time this weekend, I think it would be
>> great to perhaps put together a schedule where one or two of us can be
>> monitoring at a time to cover as much of the weekend as possible. If
>> you are interested, please reply here (and feel free to share this
>> Best Regards,
>> Chad Catacchio
>> CrisisCamp SoCal organizer
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