GCN: The power and danger of social media for law enforcement

GCN: The power and danger of social media for law enforcement. “Social media can help spread information rapidly to community members, which can be useful during public safety emergencies and natural disasters. It can also reduce the time it takes for first responders to get the important information they need, such as location coordinates to help a person in danger. If crucial information needs to be communicated quickly, a text message is often the channel of choice. According to the Pew Research Center, 98% of text messages are read within two minutes — a time savings that can literally mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.”

CDL Life: Here’s a new ‘one-stop shop’ for active emergency declarations & relaxed trucking regulations

CDL Life: Here’s a new ‘one-stop shop’ for active emergency declarations & relaxed trucking regulations. “In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently debuted an online repository that gives users quick access to all active emergency declarations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. In the weeks since the COVID-19 crisis began, numerous federal, state, and local agencies have issued emergency declarations intended to support the flow of products through the supply chain by relaxing certain trucking regulations including Hours of Service requirements and weight restrictions.”

Phys .org: How do I include my pets in my family’s emergency planning for COVID-19?

Phys .org: How do I include my pets in my family’s emergency planning for COVID-19?. “The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has created a helpful toolkit on how to include pets in preparedness planning for house fires, natural disasters, and other emergencies. I recommend reviewing the AVMA’s pet-evacuation kit checklist for a list of items to have on hand—and stocking up on two weeks’ worth of food, water, medicines, flea and tick prevention, kitty litter (if needed), and cleaning supplies for your pet.”

The Next Web: This algorithm could improve emergency responses by removing lies spread on Twitter

The Next Web: This algorithm could improve emergency responses by removing lies spread on Twitter. “An algorithm that filters out misinformation spread on Twitter could help emergency services respond to natural disasters and disease outbreaks. The system uses AI to distinguish between legitimate reports and bot-generated messages in real-time to create a stream of only genuine information.”

RadioResource International: Database Tracks States’ 2019 9-1-1-Related Legislation

RadioResource International: Database Tracks States’ 2019 9-1-1-Related Legislation. “The National 911 Program and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) made a database that summarizes 2019 key enacted legislation available. Since 2012, the database has served as a resource for states looking to gather insight into neighboring legislative efforts or improve their emergency communications operations. The information allows states to easily compare recently enacted laws or modifications to existing laws involving 9-1-1.”

BBC: Teenager having seizure saved by online gamer – 5,000 miles away in Texas

BBC: Teenager having seizure saved by online gamer – 5,000 miles away in Texas. “The parents of a teenager who suffered a seizure while chatting online have thanked his friend who called emergency services from 5,000 miles away. Aidan Jackson, 17, was talking to an American gamer from his bedroom in Widnes on 2 January when he had a fit. His friend, 20-year-old Dia Lathora, from Texas, alerted police in the UK.”

University of Nebraska Omaha: UNO Faculty, Students Develop Database to Provide Real-Time Data Analysis for 911 Calls

University of Nebraska Omaha: UNO Faculty, Students Develop Database to Provide Real-Time Data Analysis for 911 Calls. “The new Law Enforcement Database gathers basic information, such as location, date and times related to the calls as well as number of calls received and related response times. The dashboard allows law enforcement personnel to filter for various information such as period of time, type of incident, or if there was an injury. The dashboard includes a heatmap, allowing users to drill-down on specific districts and see what trends are happening in any given area at any given time.” Hope they share it, sounds like a great idea…

CNET: Facebook rolls out tools to help you find real-time info in a crisis

CNET: Facebook rolls out tools to help you find real-time info in a crisis. “The world’s social network has a hub called Crisis Response that lets users learn about critical events happening around the world, as well as request or offer help during a fire, mass shooting, earthquake or other crisis. You can also check whether your friends or family members have marked themselves as safe during a disaster.”

Asia One: Indonesia to censor social media during emergency situations

Asia One: Indonesia to censor social media during emergency situations. “The Communications and Information Ministry will restrict social media access during emergency situations, new minister Johnny G. Plate said on Monday. The restriction of social media access during emergency situations was first imposed by former communications minister Rudiantara during post-election riots in May.”

Ubergizmo: Lawmakers Proposes That Streaming Services Broadcast Emergency Alerts

Ubergizmo: Lawmakers Proposes That Streaming Services Broadcast Emergency Alerts. “One of the benefits of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon is that you don’t need to deal with ads. This is because while they do sometimes feel like regular television, they are not, and as such, aren’t necessarily subjected to the same requirements of television. This includes broadcasting emergency alerts in the form of Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI).”

Penn State: Helping 911 call takers identify actionable information on Twitter

Penn State: Helping 911 call takers identify actionable information on Twitter. “During a 911 call, critical information is gathered that help answer the six Ws: Where, What, Weapons, When, Who and Why. The answers to these questions help to equip first responders with necessary details to approach an emergency scene. But how can that same critical information be collected from online requests for help?”

Twitter after high-profile events: how language impacts message engagement (Nevada Today)

Nevada Today: Twitter after high-profile events: how language impacts message engagement . “Using real-world Twitter and experimental data based on high-profile events, researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno; Tulane University, and the University of Texas at Austin, found that heightened causal uncertainty increases individuals’ liking and sharing of messages that consist of more abstract (versus concrete) language.”

ABC News (Australia): Emergency text and email service hacked, thousands receive warning messages about their personal data

ABC News (Australia): Emergency text and email service hacked, thousands receive warning messages about their personal data. “A hacker has been able to send messages via text, email, and landline to tens of thousands of people across Australia after an emergency warning alert service, used by councils, was hacked.”