The Dept. of Homeland Security has also distributed guidelines for how agencies should manage content on the web during incidents like this:
- Immediate web content focus is on saving lives, sustaining lives, and ensuring a comprehensive recovery effort reflecting current citizen information needs.
- It is not helpful for an agency web site to duplicate information that is the purview and expertise of other agencies.
- Information needs to remain under control of the “expert” agency and linked to by other agencies.
What You Can Do
- If your agency is providing resources on your website, please use a shortcut address, /californiafires. For example, www.youragency.gov/californiafires
- Let me know as you create a /californiafires shortcut to your site. I will compile.
- Go to www.disasterhelp.gov and review resources on this site that is in your lane. This is a redesigned website that offers recovery information for individuals and small businesses. If there is information from your agency you would like to add or change, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Add lane links as it makes sense. Please note, redirects following the convention of /californiafires will be forthcoming. In the meantime, you can link directly to
- Main federal recovery information—How to Get Help http://www.fema.gov/hazard/wildfire/ca_2007.shtm
- Finding friends and family, and general lane information http://www.usa.gov/californiafires.shtml
- Local California Resources, including fire maps are available at http://www.calfires.com/
- Heath and Safety information will be available at http://www.hhs.gov/californiafires