With increasing regularity, the publication Government Technology has been covering the impact emerging situational awareness technologies like Common Operating Pictures (COP) and crowdsourcing are, or will be having, on the Emergency Services Sector (ESS). Latest in those considerations - social media. Interestingly, the article finds that there is a long way to go before the worlds of Twitter et al. and emergency preparedness and response will be able to effectively work together. More below:
(Government Technology, August 15, 2013)
Comment: This article is just another spin on the same theme the MnGeo Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC) has been hard at work on for the past 10 years. Except in that case, it's bringing together the GIS and ESS communities.