Landlines are Losing Relevance

The declining relevance of landline phones is no surprise. As mobile phone ownership continues to skyrocket, the need for a landline phone has all but disappeared.

Statista-Infographic_2072_landline-phones-in-the-united-states-It has been a speedy transition over the last 10 years. To illustrate this dramatic change, Statista has created a chart using data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since 2004, the number of U.S. households with a working landline phone has plummeted from 92.7% to 58.1%. During the same period the number of households that rely on cellphones alone has risen to 39.4%.

This serves as an important reminder to take advantage of Rapid Notify’s self-registration capability. Keep your contact lists up-to-date with cell phone, email and other important details!

Severe Weather Toolkit

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) want you to be a “Force of Nature” when it comes to preparedness.

severe+weather+graphicDuring National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014, NOAA and FEMA will highlight the importance of preparing for severe weather before it strikes.

A helpful downloadable media toolkit is available to help you promote National Severe Weather Preparedness Week in your community. The toolkit includes: background information on how to take the next step, talking points, a blog post template, an Op-Ed, and a Social Media toolkit including content to share on Twitter and Facebook.

Learn more: http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/91057

Scared of Social Media?

It can be a daunting task to step into the social media arena from an organizational/business perspective. If you have not yet joined a social media site or you don’t know what to do now that you have, then the Social Media 4 Emergency Management website can help you.

Twitter birdThe site is packed full of real-world examples and advice from Cheryl Bledsoe, an Emergency Manager in Vancouver, Washington.

Helpful tips include advice on monitoring social media accounts and writing a social media policy.

In the video section, you can watch Cheryl explain how and why she uses social media for public safety and emergency management.

Learn more: http://www.sm4em.org/getting-started/

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