Thursday, August 22, 2019

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Share your stories and ideas with the network as you respond to crisis and disaster.

Over the past year, we have seen a striking increase in the use of social media during emergency response. The emergency management community is abuzz with ways to harness this next phase of communications during a disaster. Social Media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook enable users to share status updates letting their networks know they are ok following a disaster.

But now, things are progressing and everyone is seemingly taking a more active role in engaging social media during a disaster.

This article from TIME magazine, explains that Facebook is piloting a program that will send you a message in your news feed to remind you to check in following a disaster. If you want to read more about social media and emergency management, do a quick perusal of the 58,000,000 results returned in my search this morning on the topic.

My communications perspective, and my ReadyChristian perspective, begs the question of: “What role should we expect external communication sources to play in our personal responsibility of Biblical Readiness?” 

Some different meetings that I have been a part of in the past couple weeks, have really caused me to take a step back and question what role different groups should play.  Some say it is the Federal government’s responsibility to “step in and fill the gaps.” Others contend it is the local and state government’s responsibility. Still others argue that it is the church’s or the Christian community’s responsibility. Another perspective is that it is the responsibility of the individual.

My personal belief is that is the primary responsibility of the individual to care for themselves in times of disaster. Once the individual (and immediate circle of responsibility - such as family) is taken care of, then the focus can turn to helping others in the community and progressing upwards from there. I was taught in my emergency management courses that emergency response is best handled at the lowest level…you can’t get much lower in the hierarchal structure of society than the individual. For more information on this thought and how to develop personal preparedness, download our free ReadyChristian training.

I would love to hear your feedback and thoughts on this topic. Send me an email with your thoughts or post comments to our Facebook page.


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