eT@lking:- Using technology in times of disaster – the Australian Floods

The first session of the Australia series was launched last night as part of eT@lking. All four moderators/organizers of the series were present. A new blog has been launched as a home base – The Australia Series. Currently, there are four moderators, each offering unique and individual webinars . They are Carole McCulloch, Jess McCulloch, Junita Lyon and yours truly, Anne Mirtschin.

The topic for discussion was Using Technology in Times of Disaster, especially the current extensive and disastrous Australian floods. The participants included educationalists from many fields, a resource developer and @geehall1, a social media volunteer. It was great to have @geehall1 with us, as he has been active using twitter and facebook to keep people updated and connected during the Victorian bushfires and the now, the Victorian floods. His contribution to the discussion added another dimension for us. Make sure you check out the great discussion that went on by reading through the chat. There are many links given to fantastic articles on the topic.

Here is the  link to the recording

From the chat

  • technological use has included:- facebook, twitter, youtube, forums, blogs and mobile technology eg iphone, ipad, laptop, android phones etc
  • Pam: social media is much more immediate
  • geehall1: seems a bit less Twitter for the Vicfloods than there was for the Victorian bushfires (Probably because it was a different sort of situation, more deaths, more people wanted to get involved to get information as well as relay it.)
  • rowan_peter: the community informs a ‘higher authority’ (Reverse roles have been evident
  • Tania Sheko: Twitter provides details which would be missed on mainstream media
  • facebook page set up by @geehall1 for #vicfloods
  • geehall1: Exacctly.  Twitter and FB great connectors
  • Margo: Great resource – especially the images for using with our students in a couple of weeks
  • Tania Sheko: Someone is bound to answer your question on Twitter or Facebook, you feel connected
  • Moderator (Carole McCulloch 1): the power of 140 characters
  • rowan_peter: FB groups and twiter can be used to maintain existing ‘relationships’ and also create new ones!
  • Moderator (Carole McCulloch 1): Twitter as a training resource
  • geehall1: I’m a mixture of emergency/news/tech for following
  • Lists in twitter are useful, Tweetdeck and other tools
  • geehall1: I have a twitter list for cfa alerts, all the main CFA district twitter accounts in it.
  • geehall1: At least when Twitter is used for an emergency and used well, it flows on and the mainstream media then have to catch up to it
  • Moderator (Carole McCulloch 1): build a twitterstream that is frequent, plentiful and meaningful
  • geehall1: LOL, at the weekend we had a #whereisted hashtag because he was a little too quiet while touring the flooded areas
  • Tania Sheko: At the same time, there were some incorrect messages tweeted and retweeted on Twitter during floods. You have to be careful before you retweet, check
  • geehall1: Twitter does mention things almost instantaneously…like whenever we have an earth tremor up in Poowong…everyone in the eastern Suburbs tweets about it the moment it happens, the media catches up half an hour later
  • geehall1: Large amount of tweets to trend…then it depends if it’s local trending or worldwide
  • How many tweets does it take to trend?
  • Tania Sheko: I think people get caught up in the speed and excitement of the tweets during an emergency
  • Pam: The discussion about misinformation is interesting and bought to mind the War of the Worlds incident, where a radio show was misinterpreted and caused mass panic in the US.  Imagine the same scenario with twitter involved
  • Moderator (Carole McCulloch 1): Facebook reunites families in times of crisis or disaster
  • Technology, geeks, hashtags as seen through twitter in the Flood disaster
  • Another link from Jess McCulloch
  • A good Sydney article on technology and the floods
  • #baked relief great example of social networking and community caring. See this article
  • digital realm as swarm
  • geehall1: #qldfloods was almost rapid rate of knots, hard to keep up with
  • Facebook and Twitter new centres for disaster relief and connection  See the Age

One response to “eT@lking:- Using technology in times of disaster – the Australian Floods

  1. Thanks for a very interesting and practical session. Just caught your tweet in the nick of time, Anne!

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