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Ready or Not: The Challenges of Adopting Technology

The speed at which technology has advanced in recent years is mind blowing, but many public safety agencies struggle to understand available technology. The bottom line is that technology is not going away. Leaders and administrators must seek to understand how technology works, how it can be applied, and, most importantly, how it can help further their mission of protecting and serving the public.

In the month of July, In Public Safety will feature articles written by American Military University faculty members about the benefits and challenges of technology in public safety agencies.

Being Prepared to Deal with a Large-Scale Incident Requires Effective Use of Social Media

By Leischen Stelter, American Military University

How well are you prepared to communicate with the public during a crisis? Has your department conducted training exercises that incorporate the use of social media? Do you have a public information officer (PIO) who is authorized (and capable) of sending out social media updates in the midst of an emergency without going through the “normal” authoritative channels?

Community Outreach During Disasters Improving with Social Media

By Merritt Kearns                           
Faculty Member, Emergency and Disaster Management at American Public University

According to the National Incident Management System and the National Response Framework, community outreach during disasters is the responsibility of public information officers (PIO). PIOs must keep the public informed with accurate and timely information within the framework of the incident command system.