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Hurricane Irene is on its way with millions threatened on the East coast of the US!

A call for assistance to all Emergency 2.0 Wiki members

Hurricane Irene is targetting heavily populated -- and largely unprepared -- major urban centers on the East coast of the US. Let's put this Wiki to work to help them! CNN has warned that from as early as Sunday, millions of New Yorkers could be trapped in their homes for days, without power, transportation, phones -- and (perhaps most importantly) - experience. Read the story and get the latest updates at:: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/US/08/26/irene.preparations/ .

(See also the latest Irene warnings, watches and tracking maps: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/204427/20110826/hurricane-irene-2011-path-track-watches-warnings-state-of-emergency-maps.htm.)

So, what can we - as members of this fledgling emergency wiki project - do to help?

Being informed and prepared is the key to lessening the impact of disasters and aiding a rapid recovery - and as members of this group already know - social media is a fantastic channel for spreading the preparedness message quickly and effectively - especially in urban centres.. Let's all rally together and start populating the "Preparedness" and "Recovery" pages of the Wiki with helpful flood and storm preparedness tips, advice and links.

"How to prepare for an emergency" - already has some great information you can review and expand on: http://em2.0wiki.mammothmedia.com.au/wiki/index.php/How_to_prepare_for_an_emergency

"What to do after an emergency" - has some great seeded content but needs more work right now: http://em2.0wiki.mammothmedia.com.au/wiki/index.php/What_to_do_after_an_emergency

If you can help, but don't yet have a Wiki login and password, just send a message to Matthew Kassay (via the Emergency 2.0 Wiki group on LinkedIn ) with the email address you want to use for your account, and I'll take care of it.

Let's all pull together and use the Emergency 2.0 Wiki to show the world what a great communication tool social media can be during natural disasters.

UPDATE: For an update on how we rallied to help, please checkout our blogpost Emergency 2.0 Wiki proves valuable resource during Hurricane Irene.

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