GHC Logo FinalHumanity Road is proud to be working with Florida State University Center for Disaster Risk Policy and @FSU_VOST for the 2014 Hurricane Governor’s Conference.     The exercise dubbed “QuackAttack” is a joint effort between the Governor’s Hurricane Conference, Humanity Road, and the Center for Disaster Risk Policy (CDRP) at Florida State University.  It will be taking place during the 8th Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference® May 11 – 16, 2014 at the Rosen Centre Hotel and Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Florida.

As participants maneuver through Duckville and the Governor’s Hurricane Conference, they are encouraged to tweet out situational awareness on the location of ducks and assessing relevancy and usefulness of  tweets that appear on posters throughout the conference.

Humanity Road volunteers had great fun creating the ducks and Duckville concept for this event.  Its probably one of the more entertaining exercise development projects we’ve done.  In twitter next week keep an eye on @CityofDuckville @FSU_VOST and join the dialogue with @FloridaGHC.  We also encourage you to join the online discussions.

The purpose of this exercise is to draw attention to the capabilities of social media in a simulated disaster situation and to introduce the concept of utilizing various social media platforms and techniques to the participants.  One of Humanity Road’s goals for this exercise is assessing Homeland Security and Exercise Evaluation (HSEEP) program requirements in social media emergency management exercises.” says Allyson Kuriger, Senior Offsite Controller and Humanity Road’s Project Lead for the exercise

CDRP is the research center of the FSU Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program. It focuses on disaster management research and technical assistance in support of the EMHS program, outside governmental agencies and non-governmental entities.   “Working with academics and research is part of our process development mission, we’re excited to see the groundbreaking work CDRP is doing and are thrilled to be assisting with concept, development and social media support for the exercise”. Said Cat Graham, VP Operations.  “The CDRP students have done a wonderful job of creating interactive activities and a level of fun for the event, I think the participants will have a lot of fun with it.

Visit http://quackattack.cdrp.net to learn more about the event.