Citizen Communications in Crisis
Name of the provider (company name or main contact name), or FIRE IN ID ? Palen, Leysia; Liu, Sophia B.
Scope, rationale, context: general description. Precise here if this technology is currently use (eg. company name or contact info) Recent world-wide crisis events have drawn new attention to the role information communication technology (ICT) can play in warning and response activities. Drawing on disaster social science, we consider a critical aspect of post-impact disaster response that does not yet receive much information science research attention. Public participation is an emerging, large-scale arena for computer-mediated interaction that has implications for both informal and formal response. With a focus on persistent citizen communications as one form of interaction in this arena, we describe their spatial and temporal arrangements, and how the emerging information pathways that result serve different post-impact functions. However, command-and-control models do not easily adapt to the expanding data-generating and -seeking activities by the public. ICT in disaster contexts will give further rise to improvised activities and temporary organizations with which formal response organizations need to align.
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- Search & Rescue Emergency Response
- Structure Fires
- Landscape Fires Crisis Mitigation
- Natural Hazard Mitigation
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