Thursday, September 18, 2008

Everything about blogging at CRESA

Blogging! Back in July, our agency introduced blogging about Emergency Management here in Clark County. Our goal is to provide direct communication with local residents and support agencies within Southwest Washington. Like many of you, we're still learning about this fantastic technology and figuring out how to best "get the word out" about topics like preparedness, emergency actions, and real time information you may need to know in event of a disaster.
In event of a major emergency, we'll still use the Emergency Alert System (EAS) for commercial radio and television broadcast of important information. We also can call you using Emergency Community Notification System (ECNS), often referred to as "reverse 9-1-1". Our CRESA website lists all the methods we use to "get the word out" to keep you informed. This Blog is just the latest method to do just that.

Weekly Blogging:
If no immediate emergency is happening, our staff will write a "timely" tid-bit Blog entry in Emergency Management. This is the first of this series.

The RSS feed:
The RSS feed (Really Simple Syndication) is a nifty way to keep informed when this blog (or any other you follow) adds a new blog posting. If you've found this blog more than once, you may be here because you subscribed to it. When you enter your e-mail address in our "subscribe" box, it is delivered a RSS publisher called "FeedBurner". The RSS feed is a feature that helps readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favored websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place.

You can use this feature in many ways. You can keep track of all you Blog's by subscribing to iGoogle. If you also have a newer copy of Microsoft Outlook (e-mail client), you can also keep you RSS feed information saved there. You might also try another Internet browser like Mozilla Firefox. That browser has many RSS feed features to try.

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