The Homeland Security Response Network is the first online, social networking community designed to foster interaction and dialogue between government officials, community and organization leaders and citizens. The site’s primary goals are to leverage technology and social media in preparing and organizing communities, and to bridge the gap between community preparedness and government preparedness. The developer of the site also hopes the Homeland Security Response Network will reintroduce preparedness into the national educational curriculum, and reenergize neighborhood and community preparedness partnerships and programs.
Since the launch of the site this week, more than 1,000 members have registered, and created profiles on the site. The site currently features videos, forums, chat rooms, blogs, event listings and a Preparedness Info page. The page contains a list of preparedness brochures outlining tips, resources and action plans to help prepare individuals for a variety of emergency situations or disasters, including wildfires, hijackings, hostage situations, public shootings, bomb threats and biological attacks. The site will also offer preparedness videos with similar information available for free download that can be used by school administrators, community organizers and other groups committed to promoting preparedness through awareness, education, community involvement and partnerships between individuals, groups and organizations.
In addition to serving as a comprehensive resource site, the Homeland Security Response Network is also a virtual town hall, intended to facilitate questions, feedback and consistent participation from its members. Recent topics featured and discussed on the site include: how to survive a nuclear attack; how to prepare an emergency bag; checking emergency preparedness for recalled items; and the importance and correlation between donating blood and disaster preparedness....more..http://www.homelandsecurityresponse.com/notes/Press_Release