Social Media and Emergency Operations-Virtual Operations Support Team

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This is radio show 275.

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We interviewed Micki Trost, Strategic Communications Director, and Sara Spaulding, Communications Specialist, for the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management regarding Colorado’s implementation of a Virtual Operations Support Team (VOST).

A basic premise of emergency media operations is the understanding that there may be millions of social media messages created during an emergency. It’s understood that the volume of messages, calls for assistance, erroneous information, or malicious websites could hamper the provision of vital information, or impede analysis, correct messaging or recovery.

A Virtual Operations Support Team is composed of vetted and trained social media specialists who analyze and report critical information regarding an emergency to spokespeople at an emergency media command center. VOST members can be in-state, or reside throughout the United States or the world.

The podcast explores the implementation of a VOST in Colorado.

The website for the Colorado Division of Homeland Security is http://www.coemergency.com.

The website for national/international VOST network is http://vosg.us/.

Special Announcements:

A top priority for the Department of Justice is to invest in scientific research to ensure that the Department is both tough and smart on crime. The Office of Justice Programs’ CrimeSolutions.gov website shapes rigorous research into a central, reliable, and credible resource to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice.

A new website lists and evaluates prisoner re-entry programs nationwide. Launched by the Urban Institute, the Council of State Governments, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Prisoner Reentry Institute, the “What Works Clearinghouse” can be seen at http://nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/what_works.

The National Reentry Resource Center is a project of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. Please see the Center’s website at http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/. Please see “Federal Interagency Reentry Council Launches Website, Releases Myth-Buster Series” on the front page of the site (see announcements). CSOSA is a member of the Council. Several requesters have asked for national research on reentry.

The Office of Justice Program’s National Institute of Justice reentry research portfolio supports the evaluation of innovative reentry programs. To access these studies and NIJ’s entire reentry research portfolio visit www.nij.gov/nij/topics/corrections/reentry/welcome.htm .

The Office of Violence Against Women offers stalking response tips for corrections, prosecutors, judges, law enforcement, victims and victim advocates. They are posted on OVW’s website at www.ovw.usdoj.gov .

The National Institute of Corrections Information Center is one of the largest repositories for corrections research and information in the country. See  www.nicic.gov/Library.

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency:

We welcome your comments or suggestions at leonard.sipes@csosa.gov.

The website for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is http://www.csosa.gov/.

The program is hosted by Leonard Sipes. The producer is Timothy Barns.

Comments offered on “DC Public Safety” television and radio programs are the opinions of participants and do not necessarily represent the policies of CSOSA or other government agencies.

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