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San Francisco adds social networking element to emergency, disaster planning

Caitlin McGarry | May 8, 2013
If an earthquake struck San Francisco tomorrow, would its residents be prepared for the aftermath?

Zamora said an emergency mode will exist in the background of the site to be switched on by the emergency planning department in the event of a disaster so the department can both share official details and crowdsourced information from the streets.

San Francisco's social network could potentially be a model for other cities. Zamora said his department has been in talks with New York City's office of emergency management, and they're thinking along the same lines.

"Part of the beauty about SF72 is that it is being created open-source, so other cities can take this model and create something that works for them," Zamora said.

 

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