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Hurricanes, floods, blizzards and other disasters can demand life and death decisions. Understanding the uses of social media and the impact of networks can shed light on likely decisions and behavior of those in peril and provide insights for effective rescue efforts.

7/10/2015
When: Friday, July 10, 2015
1 PM to 2 PM ET
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Friday, July 10, 2015

1-2 PM Eastern Time

Social Media and Networks in Disaster Response

Guests: Justin Schorr and Ira Dreyfuss

 

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Hurricanes, floods, blizzards and other disasters can demand life and death decisions.  Understanding the uses of social media and the impact of networks can shed light on likely decisions and behavior of those in peril and provide insights for effective rescue efforts.  

Justin Schorr is an engineer with expertise in transportation systems analysis, transportation safety and evacuation modeling and disaster management. He recently completed research on an evacuation decision making model using social and transportation networks for his PhD in transportation engineering at George Washington University, where he also earned a master’s degree. He earned a BS in civil and environmental  engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where he also served as captain and president of Northwestern’s  Men’s Ice Hockey Team. Justin is the author of several professional journal articles and is now working as  postdoctoral researcher at the George Washington University Traffic and Networks Research Laboratory.    

 

Ira Dreyfuss was a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC, where he developed messaging and dissemination systems to inform the public about actions people can take to protect their health after disasters. He recently completed a Master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies at George Mason University. His focus was on public health emergency messaging and his thesis examined how people used social media in disasters. He is a former reporter and broadcast specialist who has worked for radio stations in Georgia, New Jersey and New York,  he was a newspaper reporter for the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey and he worked in print and broadcast for The Associated Press in New York and Washington. He has won 13 journalism awards for news, features, and investigative reporting.  

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