Darell Darnell, Director of DC’s EMS presented on Friday at the conference to share the use of social networking media during the 2009 Inauguration. He offered personal and anecdotal evidence as to the impact and effectiveness of this new tool. In his words, “The elephant is in the room [social networking media] and we better figure out how to use it. Its here to stay.”

He offered that with IMF meetings in DC this weekend this is a tool they expect to use and learn from again.

Needless to say the OEC Conference organizers saved the best for last. His presentation, done without notes, was outstanding.

If the Obama Administration doesn’t find somewhere to plug this guy in, they’re missing out on an enormous talent.

Rich Cooper blogs primarily on emergency preparedness and response, management issues related to the Department of Homeland Security, and the private sector’s role in homeland security. Read More