National Disaster Social Media Training and Technology Resources

Guest Christopher Tarantino comes on the Disaster Podcast to talk about his work with social media and technology advances with Epicenter Media & Training ( as well as the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center ( Christopher is one of the instructors who teaches classes around the country for local emergency and disaster managers on social media and the future of technology in disaster and emergency response. He shares his vision of how the world of disaster response and management will look completely different in the not too far off future. With the advent of smart technology, including smart homes and smart buildings, emergency managers will find their roles and tools in a response changing to one that uses technology crowd-sourcing and other advanced sources of information.
Joining us on the call with Christopher are our weather expert Kyle Nelson, Jim Logan from Paragon Medical Education Group, as well as our hosts, Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, and Sam Bradley. The discussion covers topics of how local, state, federal, and international resources use social media to help monitor the aftermath of a disaster. Christopher talks about how local resources can outsource their social media monitoring off-site and even around the world to an area that is not dealing with a current disaster. For example, a disaster manager in Rochester, New York can utilize a social media monitor who lives in New Zealand, halfway around the world.
Find Christopher and his company Epicenter Media & Training on twitter at @epimetra @Tarantino4me and online at

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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