Tag: social media

On Backcountry Safety

On the road up to Mount Seymour, near the start, there’s a yellow sign: “THINK SAFETY  If you get lost today will anybody know? Are you prepared?” In the 80’s I’d seen this sign multiple times a week every winter as

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Social Media for Large Scale Incidents

Large scale Search and Rescue operations are rare and present interesting challenges for the agency in charge. One of those challenges is the role of the public information officer, or PIO. To quote from ICS Canada’s description The Information Officer is responsible for interfacing

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Social Media Action Plan for SAR

In my previous post I hinted at the need for a social media action plan for Search and Rescue. I’d like to present that plan here and ask for feedback from the SAR community. The current Subject Profile (ICS 301) and Lost Person

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Locating lost people using Social Media

SAR members will know all about the missing person forms included in ICS (Incident Command System). ICS form 302 is titled “Lost Person Questionnaire” and contains a field for almost every piece of information that could possibly help SAR find a missing

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Social Media and SAR Operations

Several people have asked for my small part of the SARScene Social Media Presentation. The Social media policy discussed in the presentation is on the Coquitlam SAR web site. Two points; On this topic I was indeed speaking as a

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Social Media in Search and Rescue

The emergency management community has a subject area for “Social Media in Emergency Management” or #SMEM. My experiences with Social Media have lead me to the conclusion that although SAR and SAR managers have much to learn from the SMEM

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Live tweeting police scanners

Nobody could have missed the tragic incidents in Boston this week, but one thing that caught my eye was the live tweeting of what police and other emergency responders were saying over the radio, and how the police asked for

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Why does SAR Search for Dogs?

My dog and I, "skiing" near the head of Indian Arm

There’s a relatively high profile search for a dog under way on Mount Seymour at the moment, and an accompanying amount of local, national and international media coverage. From looking at the comments on some of these web sites, and watching the

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Stop with the Smart Phones already

Last year I wrote about how you should stop using Smart Phones for backcountry navigation. News outlets continue to post comments from local SAR teams highlighting what I wrote about; people using their phones as navigation devices are running the

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A Social Media Storm

I originally wrote the following as a response to a question in a LinkedIn Group “Do you have a social media policy?”, and although it’s not a direct answer to that question it is an interesting lesson on an undesired effect of

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