TechCrunch: Senate wants emergency alerts to go out through Netflix, Spotify, etc.

TechCrunch: Senate wants emergency alerts to go out through Netflix, Spotify, etc.. “An emergency alert goes out, trying to let you know about incoming bad news — a missile, a tsunami or something else terrifying. Your phone starts shouting… but it’s downstairs. A warning ticker pops on TVs, if you’re watching cable… but you’ve got your eyes glued to Netflix, or Hulu, or some other online streaming service. Should these services, with their ever-increasing ownership of our screen time, be prepped to broadcast these warnings?”

Ubergizmo: Google Testing Methods To Help 911 Locate Mobile Callers Accurately

Ubergizmo: Google Testing Methods To Help 911 Locate Mobile Callers Accurately. “It’s easier for 911 operators to locate a caller when the call has been made using a landline but it takes more time to do that when a call is made using a cellphone. As you can probably imagine, more people make such calls using their cell phones now than ever before which is why there’s a need to help 911 locate mobile callers more effectively. This is where Google comes in.”

Forbes: Facebook Now Includes Organizations and Businesses In Crisis Help

Forbes: Facebook Now Includes Organizations and Businesses In Crisis Help. “In 2014 Facebook introduced Safety Check so that people in or near disaster areas could check in to let their friends know if they’re OK….That same year, Facebook also launched its Crisis Response center where people could find out more during a crisis, post information, offer help and raise money for victims…. Today, Facebook announced that it has expanded its crisis response to include postings from companies and organizations.”

Wired: When Government Fails, Social Media Is The New 911

Wired: When Government Fails, Social Media Is The New 911 . “Social media has often sprung up in times of disaster, amplifying the voices of dissenters and the damned. It has a history of instigation, most famously during the Arab Spring and the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine. But in the past few months of epic catastrophes, it has served for another sort of recruitment. It has created a new set of first responders to step in where traditional aid has failed.”

Live5News: Tyler heart surgeon petitions White House to create national medical volunteer database

Live5News: Tyler heart surgeon petitions White House to create national medical volunteer database. “When an emergency strikes, medical professionals are the first to respond. Often, these emergency situations take weeks to manage patients to stable conditions, and medical staff get little to no relief. A Tyler Cardiothoracic surgeon is looking to change that.”

Quartz: Snapchat has become the perfect tool for understanding tragedy

Quartz: Snapchat has become the perfect tool for understanding tragedy. “…Snap Maps has become a deeply intimate way to view major news events in real time. Snap hired CNN political reporter Peter Hamby to run editorial coverage on Snapchat in 2015, and it places its own sourced work next to pieces from outlets like The Economist and The Wall Street Journal on the Discover section of its app. Snap Maps takes Snapchat’s proven ability to surface the emotions its users are sharing and place them where they are happening. When the earthquake started in Mexico, I picked up my phone and opened Snapchat, just as many on the streets of Mexico City did.”

U of Texas at Austin: NSF Backs Research into Role of Social Media “Calls” for Help during Hurricane Harvey

University of Texas at Austin: NSF Backs Research into Role of Social Media “Calls” for Help during Hurricane Harvey. “During Hurricane Harvey, victims unable to connect with overloaded 911 call systems turned to social media to plead for assistance. In turn, volunteer groups including the ‘Cajun Navy’ used social media to identify those in need of help and to coordinate rescue efforts. To study the role of social media in aiding Hurricane Harvey victims, researchers from The University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication have received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how individuals in need of emergency help use social media. Researchers will also look at how first-responders use social media alongside traditional 911 calls when dispatching help.”