Hashtag Standards

Twitter birdThe United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs recently released a handbook outlining best practices for using hashtags. For those not familiar with the term “hashtag,” it is a word or phrase in a Twitter post marked with the “#” symbol to denote messages of a particular topic.

Hashtag Standards for Emergencies encourages the standardization of social media hashtags during crisis situations to help integrate big-crisis data into emergency response.

The report concludes that Twitter has “the potential to supplement traditional information gathering and response reporting during large-scale emergencies.”

Download the document here: https://docs.unocha.org/sites/dms/Documents/TB%20012_Hashtag%20Standards.pdf

Helping Kids Get Ready

Sesame Street has developed two new mobile apps as well as online resources aimed at making sure families have an interactive and kid-friendly resource for emergency preparedness.


The Let’s Get Ready app teaches children what information they need to know in case of an emergency, such as their address, their parent’s names and what items to put in an emergency kit. The other app, Here for Each Other, is geared towards teaching parents how to talk to their children about emergency situations help them cope with the aftermath of a disaster.

The apps and other resources are available for free in both English and Spanish.

http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/ready

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxqFkJJEmQ0

Microsoft Security

1234Another day, another cyber security threat… This latest vulnerability puts all supported releases of Microsoft Windows at risk. The recommendation is if you use Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, or Windows RT/RT 8.1, to get the patch using either Windows Update or download it directly from Microsoft’s Support site.

Ars Technicha has a comprehensive write up of the Windows bug. At this time there is no evidence that the bug has been exploited but now that it has been disclosed that could change quickly. Please be sure to update as soon as possible!

Learn more: https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2992611

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/11/potentially-catastrophic-bug-bites-all-versions-of-windows-patch-now/

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