Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807
July 6, 2012
"Missouri Drought Info" is Most Recent Disaster-Response
Community on Facebook from MU Extension
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. University of Missouri Extension has created a community page on Facebook for organizations and individuals to share information related to drought, extreme heat and wildfires in Missouri: facebook.com/MissouriDroughtInfo.
The Missouri Drought Information Facebook community is open to all individuals affected by or interested in updates on drought, extreme heat and wildfires in Missouri. Individuals and organizations are welcome to post any related information.
This Facebook community page is similar in design as other efforts developed over the last year by MU Extension and MU Extension partnerships. Other disaster related examples on Facebook include: Joplin Tornado Info, Missouri Flood Info and Branson Tornado Info.
All of these groups follow a template developed following the Joplin tornado in May of 2011 and outlined in MU Extension's popular publication "The Use of Social Media for Disaster Recovery." This guide has been downloaded and printed over 10,000 times, used at FEMA trainings, and even distributed to county emergency management personnel in some states.
The guide has been profiled in national media and called "informative and useful" to anyone interested disaster recovery or creating a successful social media presence.
The free guide is written by Rebecca Williams and Genevieve Williams of Neosho, Mo. and David Burton, civic communication specialist for University of Missouri Extension. The publication is available for free download online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene.
For speaking engagements or training opportunities about using social media in disaster recovery, contact the authors of this guide directly: Rebecca and Genevieve Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org and David Burton at email@example.com.
Source: David Burton, (417) 881-8909