As I blog, the fires in southern California are all over the news and on the front page of everywhere! Of all the things I'd have liked to replace Georgia's drought problem in the news, this was not among them.
A friend of mine in Cali is Twittering some social media disaster relief efforts that I wanted to share forward. If you know anyone in southern california near the fires, this might be helpful.
The Las Angeles Fire Department is Twittering fire updates.
Someone has created a google maps of the fires with emergency centers, and evacuation routes, and more! Click on "View Larger Map" to go to the full google maps pages.
A mapped timeline of how the fires have spread:
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I wonder if there is a way to find out how much impact these tools are actually having at this time. Their promise is immense, and I'm hopeful that we will continue to see more of this type of activity occur when disasters happen. This is the type of creative use of social media tools that can save lives!