Led by Executive Director Russ Strickland, MEMA joins other local public agencies on Nextdoor, including the Baltimore Police Department, Annapolis Police Department, and the City of Annapolis.
MEMA will be using Nextdoor for Public Agencies to share important news and updates, provide preparedness information, and communicate with residents before, during, and after times of emergency.
Nextdoor gives public agencies the unique ability to target information to specific neighborhoods, making it a powerful tool for agencies like MEMA, who often need to share information and communicate with residents in a specific community, area, or region of the state. For example, MEMA plans to use Nextdoor to address hyperlocal issues in specific areas of the state, such as the recent opioid crisis that is affecting thousands of Maryland residents.
“I can’t emphasize the importance of the opportunity here,” said Director Strickland. “The opportunity to reach out and touch the neighbors, the people they are closest to, such that when we come into times of stress, disasters, we’ll be able to communicate with each other.”
More than 2,700 Maryland neighborhoods already use Nextdoor to share important safety information, and now MEMA will be joining the conversation. However, it’s important to note that, like all public agencies on the platform, neighborhood content will remain private among neighbors and will not be accessible by MEMA.
Congratulations to Director Strickland and his staff for their progressive leadership and innovate approach to emergency management in the state of Maryland. We’re proud to partner with MEMA today, and we look forward to our continued partnership.
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