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In Joplin, Missouri, Social Media Is A Critical Disaster-Relief Tool

May 26, 2011, 9:09 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth

Social media is proving to be a critical tool in Joplin, Missouri in the aftermath of the devastating tornado on Sunday, especially to connect Joplin’s citizens with disaster-related services:

Coincidentally, today the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research released an updated version of its Emergency Preparedness Resource Inventory (EPRI) tool, a web-based software to help local, regional and state planners prepare for and respond to emergency situations. The tool is meant to be downloaded and implemented in advance of a disaster to help develop a resource inventory to respond to different types of emergencies.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.