FEMA starts channel on YouTube
Joining a handful of other federal agencies with an official
presence on YouTube, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has
established a channel on the popular Web site to publicize its
disaster-recovery efforts in video format.
earnest in 2008, FEMA started efforts to integrate social media and new
media into its communications and outreach efforts,” a news release
from Jan. 6 stated. Those efforts included creating the FEMA Channel on
YouTube along with a Twitter site, the release said.
the FEMA Channel on YouTube. is not getting a lot of traffic for its 44
videos showing disaster-recovery efforts. Sixty-seven subscribers have
signed up, generating 6,276 page views to date.
popular videos on the agency's channel show agency officials discussing
temporary housing, federal disaster assistance and flood assistance.
Although “moderated” comments are permitted on the site, there were no
comments visible for the four videos reviewed by a reporter.
reserve the right to determine which comments are acceptable for this
channel,” the agency states in a notice on the YouTube site. “We will,
however, post and attempt to comment on legitimate questions and
concerns regarding FEMA's mission and the agency's efforts to help
communities and individuals prepare for, respond to, and recover from
disasters.” FEMA said it would not retain the comments in its records.
YouTube hosts videos from thousands of sources, including commercial
sources and individuals. It sponsors hundreds of channels with various
partners.The most popular videos receive millions of views.
In addition to visiting the official FEMA channel, visitors to
YouTube can view videos submitted by individuals that reference
content claiming to be related to FEMA, such as video snippets of
television programs about the agency's disaster-relief efforts.
Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.