Emergency 2.0 Wiki launched for global collaborative input

Launching the Wiki from the Local Disaster Coordination Centre, the Wiki Working Group Members (L to R: Desley Gilbey, Tracy Whitelaw, Klynt Oberto, Cat Williams, Matt Kassay, Denver Gibson, Eileen Culleton, Karen Schofield, Rae Allen) The rest are tweeting and blogging elsewhere! (Photo courtesy Tim Miller)

Tonight the Emergency 2.0 Wiki launched for global collaborative input via an online blitz! Launching from the Local Disaster Coordination Centre in Brisbane Australia, the Wiki Working Group are on our laptops, mobile phones and notebooks, tweeting, posting discussions and blogging!

In early 2011 the world experienced unprecedented disasters – the Queensland floods, Cyclone Yasi, the Christchurch earthquake, the Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis and the US tornados. During this time we witnessed the power of social media used to send instant warnings to save lives, to share realtime information, and to enable the community to help one another.

The Emergency 2.0 Wiki aims to empower people everywhere with the knowledge of how to use social media in emergency situations.

For the public the wiki has:

For emergency agencies, government, community and business the wiki has:

This wiki project is a new collaborative model for sharing and advancing knowledge – to provide best practice guidelines on how to utilise social media in all phases of emergency communications (prevention, preparation, response and recovery).

This Wiki is a volunteer initiative of the gov2qld group, a community of practice of professionals working in the government and social media space.

It takes a community to create a wiki and we need your participation! This wiki is currently a framework, we will be ‘crowdsourcing’ input from all sectors of the community including emergency services, government, community agencies, business, ICT, the voluntary technical community, the education sector, the media and the public…

Checkout the Wiki … and check out the ‘seeded content’ to provide an example of the type of content we aim to produce (practical and easy to follow!!!)

Checkout this blog site too, as it provides information on the project, future scenarios of what an emergency 2.0 empowered community will look like, frequently asked questions, events and resources.

We aim to have the wiki ready for November for the southern hemisphere summer season of floods, cyclones and bushfires…and the northern hemisphere winter season of blizzards… So we have 3 months to make this happen!

To contribute to the Wiki, you do need to register, via the Emergency 2.0 LinkedIn group.  Also please share with people you know who would be interested in helping.

We are also establishing Reference Groups to lead the development of key sections of the wiki. If you have expertise that you feel could assist we’d love to hear from you.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Emergency 2.0 Wiki Community!

For media enquiries please contact the Project Leader, Eileen Culleton eileenculleton@gmail.com

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