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Making Social Media Work for First Responders

An indispensable channel in emergency management communications, more and more fire, EMS and emergency management personnel are using social media to reach their communities before, during and after disasters. First responders are also turning to social media to gather valuable insight from citizens on the ground via eyewitness video, photos and postings.

Join Columbia Southern University on Thursday, March 29 at 1 p.m. CST for Making Social Media Work for First Responders, a panel discussion on the new and important role of social media in emergency management. During this webinar, CSU faculty members, Keith Padgett, fire science program director; Jeannie Riner, lead faculty, emergency medical services administration; and Misti Kill, assistant provost and dean, College of Safety & Emergency Services will discuss:

  • Best practices for using social media channels to help emergency response departments gather and deliver information before, during and after a disaster.
  • The current use of and effects of social media by emergency response departments.
  • The increase in social media use by emergency response departments and methodologies to become acclimated to this trend.


This webinar has been approved for .1 CEUs and one contact hour. To learn more about CSU’s public safety degree programs, visit

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