Hurricane Preparedness Week: Social Media's Role in Disaster Response

In today's rapidly advancing technology and innovation environment, social media is a critical component of emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. As social media's growth and popularity continues, citizens and first responders alike can receive timely information during severe weather events. Tools that aggregate social media content present an opportunity for first responders to monitor critical infrastructure operations, and identify high-damage areas and people in need in real-time during an incident. 

Swatting Incidents on the Rise in New Jersey

NJOHSP defines swatting as the act of falsely reporting an ongoing emergency or threat of violence in order to prompt an immediate, tactical law enforcement response. Communities throughout New Jersey have been impacted by the recent rise of swatting, with over 200 cases occurring in 2015. Swatting involves a perpetrator making false claims of an emergency, often resulting in emergency responders arriving on site and disrupting normal activity.

Introducing Resiliency

Anticipating threats, adapting to changing conditions, and recovering from adversity are the tenets of the resiliency mission undertaken by NJOHSP.  Through this mission area, NJOHSP aims to empower our partners and help build a State that is prepared, well informed, and ready to react to whatever threat it faces – whether a natural disaster or a human-induced event.