Our mission in 2017 and beyond

Our mission in 2017 and beyond. Hi all, it's been some time since our last post, and you might have noticed we've stopped posting the Emergency Management Commissioner's Summer weekly video briefing, and Total Fire Ban Warnings. This is because we shouldn't be seen as a source of information, and Social Media in Emergency Management (SMEM) operators and the public need to know where to find this information themselves, rather than relying on third parties like us. The...

The comeback of hashtags

Social media in emergency management (SMEM) is evolving again. The comeback of hashtags is a major change in 2016. While hashtags were popular a while ago on Twitter, there was a time when they were less relevant for traffic collation. We think the sudden revival of hashtags is mainly due to their popularity on Instagram, where hashtags are the only way to search content. The Victorian public have become familiar with clicking on hashtags to find traffic they're interested in. Hashtags ar...

Do you surf hashtags on Facebook?

If so, please do the poll. Thanks :) Loading... Update 18th Jan 2016: Thank you very much to everyone who participated in the 'Facebook Hashtag Poll'. Here's the results:

Funded and prepared for the wildfire season

Funded and prepared for the wildfire season Victoria is a most amazing place, and sure as there's summer, wildfires will begin to run across our great state soon. This is a scary reality for Victorians, and we can't be complacent about preparation. We're pleased to announce that the VOST has been fully funded for the 2015/16 season. Our workflow has evolved with the wisdom of past seasons under our belts. However, we can't take anything for granted and are prepared fo...

Australian Emergency Management Institute at Mt Macedon closes doors for the last time

It's with heavy hearts that we observe that AEMI will no longer be operating out of Mt Macedon after this week. The closure has been caused by federal budget cutbacks which have unfortunately left us without this world-class physical venue for us to meet at. The important Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub will live on, based in Canberra. From Friday @AEMKH will be based in Canberra. Big thanks from the Mt Macedon team for the ongoing support! #em2au pic.twitter.com/QFWaIwWt...

District 27 goes live - Country Fire Authority

Via CFA News: District 27 goes liveCFA’s first new district since 1962 became operationally active today (Wednesday 1 April), with Bill Johnstone taking on the District 27 Operations Manager role in an official capacity. The creation of a dedicated district based on the City of Latrobe Valley footprint will build CFA’s capability to best prevent and respond to fires in the region, home to key infrastructure.Emergency Services Minister Jane Garrett announced the commencement of the dist...
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