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Geographically speaking, I live in a very safe area. No nearby volcanoes or fault lines. Flooding and fire might be a possibility but the infrastructure to proactively deal with these problems are in place.

The greatest threat in the natural disaster category are tornadoes but they are small, infrequent, and you don't really need a warning system to know that there's trouble brewing: the sky turns a strange sick colour that lets you know that you better find cover fast.

Problems like pandemics are another matter.

When swine flu hit the area last year, there was considerable misinformation and chaos swirling around - even though there were very few deaths caused by H1N1 in these parts. It makes me worry if and when something strange and potent like SARS comes to town.

But one positive outcome from this fiasco is that the various health agencies at the municipal, provincial and federal level know that they *have to* coordinate their public information so the message received is both consistent and correct.

Understanding how social networking works and how some ideas go 'viral' is going to be very important to these agencies. To help them in these efforts, I'm going to invite the local public health authorities to the local ChangeCamp that I'm helping organize. Its one small way I can help be part of a better future response.

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Comment by Iyamuremye Jean de Dieu on May 4, 2010 at 12:15am
Great post, Mita.
Comment by Mita Williams on May 4, 2010 at 12:19am
Thanks! You reminded me to add a link to ChangeCamp.ca
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on May 11, 2010 at 4:44am
ChangeCamp.ca is an amazing initiative!!! Hope we can collaborate together in some form
Comment by Mita Williams on May 11, 2010 at 10:31am
If you ever want to put on a ChangeCamp where you live, I'll be happy to give you support. One of the reasons why I don't think I'll be able to finish my Evoke missions is that I just helped put one on in my community this past Saturday: http://wechangecamp.ca
Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on May 11, 2010 at 3:49pm
Great, Mita-- I would think there might be some really useful things from your experience with change camp for Evoke 2. One of the things I suggested in my mission 10 post is that Evoke needs to have more off-line collaboration. On-line communication is always going to be problematic, I think-- at least until we're doing it through instant video chat so everyone can see everyone else's face, read their expressions and hear the tone in their voice-- and even that will have its break-downs due to cultural and language difficulties.
Comment by Mita Williams on May 11, 2010 at 3:50pm
Kismet! We're on the same wavelength!

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