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The table is nearly set.

And you have a formal invitation to join us on 11/11/15 as we celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the first use of the #SMEM hashtag (which stands for Social Media in Emergency Management).

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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 Ive 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, its time to establish a Virtual Emergency Management Association which strives to model the use of truly collaborative technologies to solve emergency management problems.

Social media has leveled the playing field and offers everyone the opportunity to be part of the whole community solution..and yet, none of our current associations meets the challenge of providing a home to students, researchers, professionals, technology advocates, non-profits and volunteers. If we are truly all in this together, we need to expand the discussions, think outside the box and identify areas of collaboration and progress that to-date have not largely been tapped.

Its time to turn the tables on traditional emergency management.

Emergencies are everyones problems, and emergencies need everyone to properly prepare, respond and recover.

When I initially put out the call for people to help, I was tremendously humbled by the 66 people that stepped forward and joined me in this endeavor. And thanks to several operational committees, were on the cusp of formalizing this organization.

This Friday, July 11th, there will be a 60-90 minute conference call at 11:00 a.m. PDT / 2:00 p.m. EDT that you are welcome to join.

The agenda for this call is located at this link > https://docs.google.com/document/d/1slSfJ5_qbHNEQcuHvkRcIMUv07vwqI-ALgFdDWC10nQ/edit?usp=sharing

Sound like fun?

Join us!

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