Monday, February 23, 2015

Remarkable Colorado Social Media Exercise

Colorado is a remarkable state! 

How remarkable is it? Find out through the first ever Remarkable Colorado social media exercise during the Colorado Integrated Emergency Management Conference - February 24-26, 2015.

During this conference the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) Strategic Communications Team will lead a conference wide social media training and exercise opportunity.  Inspired by Colorado's 50+ remarkable Fourteeners, the training will consist of over 50 unique questions and tasks each designed to encourage conference attendees to use their personal accounts to practice and exercise social media tools and concepts.

The social media exercise will have two tracks.  The first will be centered around the hashtag #CEMA15.  The tasks and questions in the #CEMA15 training track will challenge users to engage in the conference using social media and are also designed to get users thinking conceptually about how they could use social media tools to benefit their own emergency management program.

The second track is focused on Remarkable Colorado.  The Remarkable Colorado social media exercise will present over 50 unique tasks and questions to the hashtag #RemarkableCO.  These tasks will use the backdrop of our majestic Fourteeners to challenge users to learn and use new social media tools, tips and tricks.

How will the exercise work?

The DHSEM Strategic Communications Team will lead both the #CEMA15 and #RemarkableCO training tracks through the @COVOST social media accounts.  Throughout the conference tasks and questions will be posted on the COVOST Twitter and Facebook pages using the appropriate hashtags. Users are encouraged to respond directly to the posts.

The questions and tasks will simultaneously be made available in hard copy at the DHSEM table at the conference and listed in full on  This will be done to allow interested users to go through each task and question on their own time as they are able.

Micki Trost, DHSEM Strategic Communications Director, and Nathan Hunerwadel, Communications Specialist, will be available in person at the conference to answer any questions.  They will also be available via their social media accounts (@PIO3Micki and @Hunerwadel respectively).

Ready to get started?

Start out by making sure you are following and liking the following accounts on Facebook and Twitter.  Questions and tasks will be posted on this site beginning 2/24/15 at 7 a.m.



Not attending the Conference?

You can still play! If you would like to sharpen your social media skills please feel free to play along with us! Experienced social media users and COVOST members are encouraged to participate and are welcome to help answer questions that new social media users might ask during this exercise.  Remember, there is no such thing as a social media expert.  We all can learn something new during this conference!

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