Joanna Lane
  • I'm a Social Media for Emergency Management (SMEM) Consultant, Speaker and Trainer, specializing in Virtual Operations Support Teams (VOST).
  • I develop SMEM and VOST Strategy, Best Practices, Training and Workshops, providing both in person and remote support on an ad hoc and contractual basis.
  • I'm Team Lead for NY VOST, which supported the NY Suffolk County FRES (Fire Rescue and Emergency Services) social media for Superstorm Sandy and other severe storms. NYVOST.org
  • I'm an experienced Virtual Operations Support Team practitioner, working on the VOST concept since its inception in March 2011. My recent VOST activations include: CO floods, NZ quake and OK tornados.
  • I give talks on SMEM and VOST.
  • I design mobile responsive websites, SMEM.co.nz and Emergency20Wiki.org for example.
  • I'm a founding member of the global VOST Leadership Coalition, and sponsor the www.VOSG.us site.
  • As a NY Suffolk County CERT member, I have training in NIMS, ICS, first aid, light search and rescue, shelter management and E-Team. I'm not qualified to put out a real fire in anything larger than a waste paper basket, but I know how to stop an online fire spreading from actionable misinformation fueling social networks.
  • I still hold a NYS Real Estate Broker License, but retired in 2013 as Company Secretary of The Hamptons and North Fork REALTORS® Association , to give more time to VOST and SMEM.
  • Born in the United Kingdom, I have a media and public broadcasting background in Film and TV production, employed by BBC TV in London for 14 years.
  • I have an Academy Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for graphic design work. More important, I created the fundraising mascot "Pudsey Bear" for the BBC Charity Children In Need.
  • I believe that harnessing the power of Social Media to bridge Emergency Management for the benefit of the general public is one of the greatest humanitarian aid and disaster response opportunities of our time.