New Disaster Welfare Inquiry Tool (Tue, 04 Nov 2014 15:56:00 +0000)

GCEM Media Release

Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, (406) 582-2350
Release:  141104-01

New Disaster Welfare Inquiry Tool

Bozeman, MT - Facebook recently released Safety Check to help obtain the status of those in the area of large disasters.  Sharing the status of those affected by disasters is often a frustrating experience for those affected as well as their family and friends trying to find out if they are ok.  The process of helping people find out the status of loved ones in the affected disaster area is typically referred to as Disaster Welfare Inquiries and is often challenging due to people being displaced and communication systems being overloaded.

Safety Check automatically opens a message in Facebook for those in the affected area of a disaster asking if they are ok.  The user can then select a couple options such as "I'm Safe or I'm Not in the Area."  After selecting an option their selection is posted to their Facebook Timeline as a special post for their friends to see.  Facebook users are recommended to become familiar with this feature so they recognize it in the case they, or a family member, uses is someday.  While not a perfect solution, this provides another tool for those in disasters to communicate with their family quickly and effectively.

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You Ready for Winter? (Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:42:00 +0000)

As we move into winter, have you taken some time to do your annual pre-winter chores?  When you are prepping your house for winter this year, we recommend you spend some time to make sure your family is also prepared.  Read below for more on preparing you and your family for this winter.

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Easy to Follow Explanation of Ebola by Dr. Corey Slovis (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:06:00 +0000)

This video was created by the Nashville Metro Police Department to educate their responders.  However the questions the responders have are the same questions that most people have and Dr. Slovis does a very good job explaining the relative risks of Ebola.

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