Alerts & Social Media

Alerts and social media can keep you informed. Alerts (like Amber Alerts) are short messages that can be sent over broadcast radio, television or even using telephone robocalls. Social media, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Reddit and others, commonly use cellular or landlines, enabling two-way communication.

BULLETIN: Here’s a 30 page situation report on the Eagle Creek Fire (09/05/17) which is threatening the Gorge, the Bullrun Watershed and many things Oregonians hold dear. This was created by Google Docs using their “Slide” app, and is stored and shared for the public on Google Drive

Local Alerts
PublicAlerts is an online connection for residents in the Portland region to real-time emergency information. PublicAlerts can be received on your phone or PC using their web page or Twitter Feed. Sign-up if you want emergency texts delivered to your phone. PublicAlerts provide information on LOCAL disruptions involving roads and bridges, transit, public health, public safety, utilities, community services, schools, NET alerts, and weather.

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Federal Emergency Alert System
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a national warning system put into place in 1997 to enable the President to speak to the United States within 10 minutes and for local emergencies. EAS messages are transmitted via AM, FM, broadcast TV, cable television and Land Mobile Radio Service, as well as VHF, UHF, and FiOS. The Commercial Mobile Alert System, for smartphones, targets specific geographic areas through cell towers. Three types of messages will be sent to mobile phones: imminent threats, presidential messages, and Amber Alerts.

Most alerts will be issued by the National Weather Service. You can’t opt-out of Presidential Alerts, but you can decline receiving Imminent threats or AMBER alerts. Under device instructions, select Email & messaging > Messaging settings. Oregon State Police also have a Flash Alert Twitter feed.

Social Media
Social media lets users share and create content with 2-way communications. Concerns can be addressed. Cellular and landline communications, however, may be saturated or down in a big event. Public access to information may be established in isolated areas at first, perhaps enabled by working cellular, landlines, or commercial and consumer satellite internet connections.

Here’s how to create a successful twitter wall using Crowdscreen.

Social Media Walls display crowd-sourced tweets, Instagram photos and Facebook posts on a big screen. Participants tweet and post with the hashtag created by you. Live sources might include live cameras along the Oregon Coast and ODOT’s Statewide Cameras as well as Portland Police Incidents (Twitter feed), Portland Fire Tweets, Portland Emergency Management tweets, Oregon Emergency Management tweets and Oregon State Police Twitter feeds.

Newspapers on the Oregon Coast include The Daily Astorian, the Seaside Signal, The News-Times (Newport), and the Chinook Observer (Long Beach, Washington).

Popular twitter trends in Portland and Vancouver could be scrolled by on the big screen as well as alerts from Portland General, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Tri-Met, ODOT and Portland Water Bureau.

There could be a variety of live media walls:

  1. Official Twitter feeds from government agencies such as Portland Fire, Portland Police, Portland OEM, Portland Weather Alerts, Oregon OEM, OSP, Vancouver OEM, and Washington State Patrol.
  2. Unofficial Citizen generated Twitter, Facebook and Instagram streams such as #VanWa and #Pdxalerts.
  3. Live cameras and live maps along with Events, interviews and StoryMaker-produced community news.

Here is my proposal for BikeNET, which may enable neighborhood cellular and radio communications with a mobile bike trailer.

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