In conventional emergency management circles there is becoming growing interest in how to tap into the awareness capabilities of social media. An article that highlights this point was recently published as part of the GITA Thought Leader series. Go here to read the article by Emergency Management and Homeland Security consultant, Eric Holdeman.
Meanwhile, unconventional response organizations like Crisis Mappers, Sahana and even OpenStreetMap continue to explore ways to leverage the technology as the core of their existence. Clearly, the conventional and unconventional worlds of Emergency Management are on a path of convergence.
In total, one of the best series of articles about this issue was published late last year in the "Burning Issues" newsletter. Go here for an excellent read.