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Our global Emergency 2.0 Wiki Community on TweepsMap (by country)

Our global Emergency 2.0 Wiki Community on TweepsMap (by country)

The Emergency 2.0 Wiki is a free global resource for using social media and new technology in emergencies

• The Wiki serves a global hub for emergency agencies, government, community agencies and NGOs, business, education, health, media and the public to use social media to better prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

• The vision of the Wiki is to help build resilient communities empowered with the knowledge to use social media and networks in emergencies.

• Information provided includes tips, guidesapps, mapping tools, videos and an international directory of social media contacts for emergency services, NGOs and volunteer agencies.

• Practical guidelines, policies and procedures and case studies assist the emergency sector, government, NGO sector and business to use social networks, crowdsourcing and crisis mapping for emergency management and business continuity planning.

An accessibility toolkit provides tips, resources and apps to assist people with a disability to overcome the accessibility challenges of  social media. The kit also includes guidelines  for emergency agencies and government.

• The Emergency 2.0 Wiki facilitates collaboration, knowledge sharing and crowdsourcing across the industry sectors to provide users around the world with the latest information, best practices and resources.

• A number of reference groups, made up of professionals working in the emergency, government, community, ICT, business, education and media sectors from across the globe, oversee the development of content posted to the wiki.

• The Wiki is a voluntary initiative of the Gov 2.0 QLD Community of Practice in Australia, launched in December 2011. Its impetus was to leverage the learnings from the use of social media during the devastating floods and Cyclone Yasi that swept across Queensland early in 2011.

• While driven from Australia, the development of the wiki is a global collaborative approach, steered by Reference Groups consisting of members from all over the world.

 

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