Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Yarnell Hill Fire Serious Accident Investigation Report Release on the June 30, 2013 - Sign up for the Thunderclap

Passing this message along.  Sign up for the Thunderclap campaign and be a part of directly sharing the report when it is released!

"The Yarnell Hill Fire Serious Accident Investigation Report on the June 30, 2013 deaths of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots will be made available to the families and the public on September 28, 2013 10:00am Arizona Standard Time. We are using Thunderclap to notify people that the report is available. But we need your help.
We’d appreciate you visiting our Thunderclap Campaign page at and lending your support to this effort. We also encourage you to email, share, and repost this request to others.

Thank you,
The Arizona State Forestry Division"

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Preparedness Month Tags #NPM13, #NatlPrep, #NPM2013, #30Days30Ways

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FYI:  Assuming that everything works as it should these search archives should pull up to 1500 posts, per term, every hour.  I am using the awesome free Tags 5.0 system set up by Martin Hawksey.  This is a great system but it is not flawless, as such the search archives will not necessarily be complete or comprehensive.  To learn more about Tags 5.0 please visit:

Twitter Tracking for #30Days30Ways

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Twitter Tracking for #NPM13

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Jeffco VOST Recruitment

The Jefferson County Virtual Operations Support Team is excited to start recruiting members!

We are looking for great team players who can amplify our message and supplement our public information efforts with unique skills and talents that we may not already possess or simply just don’t have the time to implement during an emerging incident. We are also looking for individuals who understand how important it is to maintain a public information strategy that holds tightly to our core values of Integrity, Innovation, Partnership, Service, and Accountability – (see to learn more about our agency and our values).

At this time we are accepting members by invitation only.  If you receive an invitation please respond to us via facebook, twitter, or email ( We will respond by sending you our VOST handbook as well as a simple volunteer form. As the Jeffco VOST is attached to a law enforcement agency please know that we will ask you to submit a volunteer application that will require a basic background check.

We look forward to adding great members to our team!

Friday, April 19, 2013

SMEM and Distaster Fatigue

This is just a quick landing place for a number of resources that were shared during the 4/19/13 #SMEMCHAT regarding #DisasterFatigue and Stress reducers in the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings and subsequent manhunt.

Many thanks to all of the SMEMCHAT participants!

View the archives here (thanks to @MaryJoFly)


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Social Media Policies

I just read through the archive from the March 22, 2013 twitter #SMEMCHAT.  The primary topic was social media policies.  During the conversation numerous links were shared.  I have documented those links below. Let me know if you find any of these links particularly helpful.

The credit for this list goes solely to the participants of #SMEMCHAT.  Thank you to all who regularly participate in this very valuable conversation.

Archive of the original #SMEMCHAT conversation:,-2013

Policy Examples:
International Association of Chiefs of Police



Humanity Road: Code of Conduct





Policy Database:

Best Practices, Tips, and Tricks,-2013

Disclaimer - These links were simply pulled from the #smemchat archive.  Please verify any information/link before assuming the information is accurate, current, or definitively from any agency.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

CFA and Social Media Slide Share

I found this presentation on slideshare. Another great training presentation via Victoria, Australia's CFA (Country Fire Authority).

Takes just a few minutes to view:

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Training during a real life, non-disaster is the best way to prepare for the real life, real disaster!

I just read through this excellent blog post from Scott Reuter.  Take a look at it if you have not already!

Training during a real life, non-disaster is the best way to prepare for the real life, real disaster!

Social Media Training During Major (non-disaster) Events

Read more from Scott here: or look him up on twitter as @sct_r


I just thought I would post a quick link to the SMILE Conference (Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement). I have not viewed these videos yet but they look like they will contain some great learning material. Enjoy!


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Special #SMEMAU Analysis and Archives

Please visit for all of the great analysis and archives that were set up for the recent #SMEMAU conversation.

Here are the archives and data that I contributed.  Many more resources are available via

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For more info on the Tags archive and visualization by Mashe Hawksey please visit:

Free Hashtracking Report (only shows 500 most recent posts):

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Moving on into 2013...

Wow! It has been a long time since I have updated this blog! It has, in fact, been a terribly long time since I have participated in anything remotely related to SMEM.  I hope you can forgive me the long absence.  I do think I have a very valid excuse.

After a very busy year, my wife and I were very thankful to take a break after the birth of our son.  We spent many weeks simply enjoying God's amazing handiwork so beautifully displayed in our little baby boy's smile.  After returning to work for a brief few weeks our family then set off on a long awaited Christmas road trip to Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and Tennessee.  We are now back in beautiful Colorado and ready to get back to work.

The only thing holding us back is all of the hours of work that we are putting into purchasing a new home and renting our current home.  We are incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to move into a larger place.  I am looking forward to being able to set up a real office with real space.  My SMEM functionality just might skyrocket after I take advantage of the space and set up my new and improved social media work station (which will unfortunately also serve as my home office where all those lovely things called 'bills' will be monitored and serviced in a timely fashion).

After we complete the purchase of our new place I look forward to diving back into the SMEM world.  My plan for this blog is to continue sharing all of the great tips and tricks that I learn through the next year.  I would love to be able to maintain a weekly blog post.  We will see if my new work schedule will permit that level of productivity.  Last year I was able to spend many hours learning about the SMEM world during the slower hours of my night shift.  This year I will be working a day shift that is guaranteed to be much faster paced.  The faster pace my limit my involvement in the SMEM world but I do intend to stay as involved as possible.

I pray that you are able to have a very blessed 2013.  As always, if you have any great SMEM tips, tricks, or resources send them my way!

God Bless,