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In a cell phone culture, government news casts can recommends watchers in X district to txt others in their district on their contact lists when an endemic worsens in that specific area. Likewise when threat levels decrease. This would be served best when cellular technology starts being able to filter where you reside and where your contacts reside from some kind of IP information.

Psychologically, txting people would creates social contact, which is listed in this week's reading as a way to manage panic. It also gives something for people to do, which is another way from this week's reading to manage panic.


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Comment by Mita Williams on April 30, 2010 at 7:43pm
I like the idea of sending out actual "peer to peer" requests to residents to help others during an emergency situation. What first came to mind was something like, during a heat wave, a message could go out like "check on an elderly neighbour on your block" (during the notorious 1995 Chicago heat wave, several elderly people died because they were too scared to leave windows open as they slept).

Is that the sort of message you were thinking about?
Comment by Jeremy Laird Hogg on April 30, 2010 at 7:56pm
I was thinking of improving on the efficiency of broadcasts to let districts know that they are or have become lower or higher risk by requesting watchers to text those they know in the area in question.

Your idea is even better: the broadcast can recommend txting your friends about helping the elderly during a heat wave. Such a simple move allows people to capatilaize on their neighboorhood local knowledge. You know ol' Fred lives accross the hallway from grandpa Bob - text em to check in on him.

The basic idea I have isn't really a big insight. I simply mean to suggest that health broadcasts that already inform and tell you what to do could also tell you what to text, to what district, and about what demographic, etc.
Comment by NANGAR SOOMRO on May 2, 2010 at 7:08pm
That is good idea.... I like it and you know sms/text message is going to become of the tool which is effective and efficient to send alerts to maximum number of people in very less time.....
Comment by Thinkwell Ndhlovu on May 3, 2010 at 7:38pm
This is a good idea......
Comment by Jeremy Laird Hogg on May 3, 2010 at 7:43pm
thanks guys =)


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