NFPA Journal tackles the rise of social media use for emergency communications

January 15, 2014 - The newest edition of the NFPA Journal®, the official magazine for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), delves into the rise of social media and its effects on emergency response and communication management in the article “#Are You Prepared?” The story highlights several natural disasters in which social media played a key role in keeping both the affected public and emergency responders informed, as well as including helpful tips to build and maintain a strong online presence during a crisis.

Also featured in this issue:

Life and Death at Memorial” – A look at Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink’s book, “Five Days at Memorial,” which provides a dramatic and informative look at the struggle of a New Orleans hospital during the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Barrier Smarts” – An evaluation of improper fire and smoke barriers within health care facilities and how to make sure your facility complies with the proper codes and standards.

Perfect Storm” – A cautionary tale about an office building fire in La Farge, Wisconsin that reveals the numerous risks involved with fighting a fire in structures built with sustainable construction materials.

Back to Vegas” – The NFPA Conference & Expo is rapidly approaching and once again being hosted in Las Vegas. Visit the Conference website for an in-depth look at what to expect during this year’s event, as well as instructions on how to register and make the most of your time there.

Read the latest digital version of the January/February 2014 NFPA Journal with hyper-linked content from the print version. The new NFPA Journal mobile app is now available through the Apple App Store.

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