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Quickly Noted: Iowa Floods Tracking

July 9, 2008

Centennial Bridge FloodingOkay, so I’m a little behind the news here, but I just came across this really great social media aggregation site.  Launched as the Mississippi devoured the upper Midwest, IowaFlood.com served as a one-stop shop for anything tagged on the web as “IowaFlood.”  Everything from Tweets, to YouTube videos, to Flickr images, to blog posts, to news stories–constantly updated with the flood of information and available to everyone.  I’m calling it now, sites like these will become de riguer in future disasters.  Agencies and companies interested in disaster response and preparedness issues should learn how to set something like this up.  Just a thought, wouldn’t this be a great role in a JIC?  I’ll leave that up to my PR and crisis communications friends.

Kudos to blogger Andy Brutdkuhl for setting IowaFlood.com up.

Here’s a couple of stories on how flood victims and relief agencies, including my friends at the Red Cross, used these social media tools during this catastrophe:  ReadWriteWeb.com post Mainstreet.com story

Photo credit: Christie F.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2008 5:42 pm

    Thanks for linking our piece. Hope your readers found it helpful!

    Best,
    Amanda Beals/MainStreet.com

  2. July 12, 2008 9:54 am

    Thanks for stopping by, Amanda. I appreciate the great article you guys posted. Keep up the good work!

    -Jimmy

  3. July 20, 2008 12:02 pm

    I’m glad you liked what we did with IowaFlood.com.

    “I’m calling it now, sites like these will become de riguer in future disasters. Agencies and companies interested in disaster response and preparedness issues should learn how to set something like this up.”

    We have just finished up building this into a platform. Anyone interested in having a platform setup “just in case” of emergency disaster situations like these can contact andy[at]48WebConsulting.com for details.

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