If your organization’s business continuity planning group is stressing the need for all fellow employees to increase their knowledge and experience on the use of social media for company related communication in the event of a disruptive event affecting the organization — then you and many others should not be surprised to learn that in a recent survey released by The National Hurricane Survival Initiative, it was stated that social media and text messaging are fast becoming the leading ways that Americans will communicate or get information in a disaster.

The list of links below should help your BC/DR planning groups gain access to more training and awareness of this important tool used by emergency response, crisis management and disaster recovery teams across the U.S.:


National Emergency Management Association

The Salvation Army

International Hurricane Research Center

“Emergency Officials Tout Social Media After Disasters” written by Gray Rohrer.

National Hurricane Center


The National Hurrican Survival Initiative

“Get Ready America Survey” commissioned by The Sachs/Mason-Dixon Poll.

“Get Ready, America!” website

If applicable, please pass this information along to those risk management related team members in your organization.

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