September 2019 Disaster Preparedness Checklist: Facebook

September 2019 Disaster Preparedness Checklist: Facebook

From our Disaster Preparedness Program coordinator Sheryl Gerety (sheryl.gerety@gmail.com): a monthly, seasonally appropriate checklist page to help us tackle preparing for a disaster in manageable steps.

If our churches have Facebook (and other social media) pages, why would we also create an Episcopal Asset Map page? There are a few key differences between the two that we should keep in mind. The Episcopal Asset Map is designed to help coordinate relief in the event of disaster, as well as to showcase our churches’ missions and ministries, while Facebook is a business focused on sharing information with the general public.

Facebook is a business

  • Facebook sells our data, including church office and personal phone numbers, email and web addresses, and photos
  • Facebook has profited from circulating fake news, hate speech, character assassinations and other content that do not represent the values of the Episcopal Church
  • Facebook is designed to provide market access with connectivity as a lure

Facebook is a public address system

  • Facebook serves as a kind of yellow pages for our ministries and services
  • Facebook reaches a broad public audience
  • Active users tend to be 50+ years of age, a cohort strongly represented in church membership

Asset Map

  • Asset Map does not sell our data
  • Asset Map content and revisions to content are monitored for accuracy and vandalism
  • Asset Map puts our contact information, leadership, ministries, missions and planning onto the screens of our Diocesan staff, ERD staff

Asset Map connects us

  • Asset Map is meant to function for us in the event of disaster
  • Asset Map puts experts with resources in touch with us
  • Asset Map is a tool for understanding and implementing long term recovery

Church community planning and the long arc of a disaster

From adequacy of early warning systems to air, water and soil toxicity, to the viability of rebuilding or relocating communities, long term recovery from major disasters is complex. Our congregations will benefit from Asset Map resources and expertise.

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