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'Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service' - Emergency Management & Social Media Evangelism

Mark Latonero

Data & Society Research Institute; USC Annenberg School of Communication

Irina Shklovski

IT University of Copenhagen

March 7, 2010

In this paper we consider how emergency response organizations utilize available social media technologies to communicate with the public in emergencies and to potentially collect valuable information using the public as sources of information on the ground. We discuss the use of public social media tools from the emergency management professionals’ viewpoint with a particular focus on the use of Twitter. Little research has investigated Twitter usage in crisis situations from an organizational perspective. This paper contributes to our understanding of organizational innovation, risk communication, and technology adoption by emergency management. An in-depth case study of Public Information Officers of the Los Angeles Fire Department highlights the importance of the information evangelist within emergency management organizations and details the challenges those organizations face with an engagement with social media and Twitter. This article provides insights into practices and challenges of new media implementation for crisis and risk management organizations.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 11

Keywords: Twitter, Social Media, Organizations, LAFD, Risk Communication, Emergency Management, Information Evangelism

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Date posted: March 22, 2010 ; Last revised: October 9, 2015

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Latonero, Mark and Shklovski, Irina, 'Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service' - Emergency Management & Social Media Evangelism (March 7, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1566423 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1566423

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Mark Latonero (Contact Author)
Data & Society Research Institute ( email )
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USC Annenberg School of Communication ( email )
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States
Irina Shklovski
IT University of Copenhagen ( email )
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