Nixle announced the launch of its next-generation Nixle Connect platform at no cost to government agencies, which have used the company’s secure technology to leverage social media and text messaging to communicate directly with their constituencies.
Fugate specifically mentioned the Public Assistance (PA) federal disaster grants to eligible state, tribal, and local governments, as well as certain private nonprofit entities for the “repair, replacement or restoration of publicly-owned facilities and infrastructure damaged during a disaster.”
Social-media outlets like Twitter and Facebook have become valuable tools for public safety and other government agencies that want to communicate with citizenry, especially in emergencies. But government officials also are finding themselves grappling with the misinformation that such media often spawns.
Jose Vazquez, director of fire-responder technologies for the DHS S&T, explains the mock earthquake exercise’s goals, how Virtual USA was used and lessons learned, including the importance of using databases to capture and disseminate information.