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DC Tweetup?

About a week from now, a number of #SMEM folks will be converging on Washington D.C. to attend the White House Innovation for Disaster Response & Recovery Day on Tuesday, July 29th. And, if you’ve ever met me, you know that I love to meet folks that I’ve only chatted with on Twitter or other […]

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Ready for Something New?

You may have already read about my dream to start a whole new type of Emergency Management Association. Yes, we have state-level associations (of which I’ve served in leadership for several years). Yes, we have national associations (both the International Association of Emergency Managers¬†and the National Emergency Management Association). But, it’s time to establish a […]

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Website Messages

Websites say a lot about your agency. Whether you are a private sector company or a public entity, your web presence can say positive things like “we know our key messages and what we offer to others” or they can stand as confused, multi-message, full of information sites that say virtually nothing at all. Now, […]

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Your Tiny Image

If you have any social media accounts, you hopefully have heard the word “avatar” or “thumbnail” image. These are the tiny images that serve as your profile pictures. And while I usually talk to agencies on this blog, today, I’m going to talk about us all as individuals. Because, if you are representing an agency, […]

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The “V” Word

You may have read another great article this past week in Emergency Management Magazine about the Virtual Operation Support Team concept and its implementation at Florida State University. I loved reading about how FSU is harnessing the power of students to monitor social media, but I want to talk, for a moment about the “V” […]

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Be The Velveteen Rabbit

“What is REAL?” the Velveteen Rabbit asked the Skin Horse one day. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?” “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to […]

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Career Transitions

In the past 20 years, I’ve had 2 very distinct careers in juvenile justice, working in a lock-up facility and in a county juvenile department as a Juvenile Counselor and as a local emergency manager in 2 county-based programs. ¬†And I have loved each of these careers for different reasons. And in year 21, I […]

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Training Thoughts

For the past 5 years, I’ve had the opportunity to teach a number of fun social media classes. And while the audiences have varied over time from farmers to medical examiners, there are some observations that you may also find useful in your quest to find good social media training. At this writing, there isn’t […]

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The Birthday Kids

When you have a blog, you have a voice. And today, my voice will be used to say a special “happy birthday” to two of my favorite #SMEM friends. Earlier this week, many of you lit up the Twitter-sphere with birthday well wishes to Kim Stephens (@kim26stephens). If you don’t know Kim, you should. Not […]

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Law Enforcement is Different

A few months ago, I was asked to develop a “Social Media for Law Enforcement Investigations” class. At first thought, this seemed relatively easy. I have spoken to many different audiences from farmers to medical examiners about the value of social media in the past 5 years; however, this audience was slightly different. Cops with […]

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