Nusura partners with Dr. Michele Wood to share life-saving social media tips for emergency managers at National Hurricane Conference

Homeland security and emergency management consulting and technology company Nusura, Inc., will be presenting with Dr. Michele Wood this week in New Orleans at the 2019 National Hurricane Conference. Their presentation will focus on the public’s use of social media in disasters, proving insight into the latest technology and trends, and will include detailed tips to help emergency managers make the most of their social media presence and save lives during a hurricane. The session will also include a hands-on opportunity for participants to practice what they learn on Nusura’s proprietary social media and information environment simulator, SimulationDeck.

“Social media is evolving the role and responsibilities of 21st century emergency managers,” said Mark Amann, CEO and co-founder of Nusura. “Social media and other emerging technologies are putting more resources in the hands of disaster survivors and emergency managers alike, helping us save more lives and build a better, safer, more resilient future together.”

Join Dr. Michele Wood and Mark Amann on Thursday, April 25, at 8:30 a.m. in the Jackson Breakout Room located in the conference area at the Hilton Riverside New Orleans to hear their insights and experience SimulationDeck firsthand.

About Nusura

Nusura is a consulting and technology company. Founded in 2008, we combine experience and innovation to create transformative solutions to complex problems in ways that help our customers build a better, safer, more resilient future.

Our approach is grounded in a clear understanding of how things work during real-world crises, emergencies, and military operations. Nusura’s founders and key personnel are some of the most experienced and highly-regarded professionals in their fields. Nusura’s team members have served in leadership positions in the military, the private sector, and in local, state, and federal agencies during some of the most challenging incidents in recent history, including the September 11 terrorist attacks and hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, and Irma. We’ve written hundreds of emergency and crisis response plans. We know the difference between what sounds good on paper and what actually works in response to an event.

Uniquely positioned at the confluence of experience and innovation, Nusura leads the consulting industry with a unique focus on technological innovation. Our creativity and technological acumen inform every project we undertake as we craft novel solutions that help our customers solve complex problems.

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About SimulationDeck

In 2008, Nusura’s founders recognized that social media was changing the way organizations must prepare to work in the online information environment. Their experience as emergency responders and bold approach to technological innovation inspired them to create SimulationDeck. Today, SimulationDeck is the leading information environment simulator and training event management tool. It is helping the U.S. Department of Defense, federal, state, and local agencies, U.N. agencies, and private companies be better prepared to navigate the online information environment, make better decisions, save more lives, and defend brands and bottom lines.

SimulationDeck is a private, accessible, cloud-based application that powers training and exercises by replicating the internet, including social media applications (blogs, microblogs, video-sharing sites) and traditional media sites (TV, radio, print). In this live, realistic, and dynamic training environment, organizations learn to respond to emergencies, use open-source intelligence to enhance decision making, improve public communications, strengthen security practices, optimize military and cyber operations, mitigate risk, and strengthen business processes. Learn more at or follow us @SimulationDeck on Twitter.

About Michele Wood, PhD, California State University, Fullerton

Michele M. Wood, PhD, M.S., holds a doctorate in Community Health Sciences from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a minor degree in Sociology, and a master’s degree in Community Psychology. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in research methods, statistics, and program design and evaluation. Her research interests include disaster preparedness, risk communication, HIV/AIDS among high-risk populations, and program evaluation. Dr. Wood recently served as co-principal investigator on a research project funded by the Department of Homeland Security, “Comprehensive Testing of Imminent Threat Public Messages for Mobile Devices,” through the START Center (Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism) at the University of Maryland; she was the quantitative lead for the study. Also in connection with the START Center, Dr. Wood played a lead role in the design and implementation of the National Survey of Disaster Experiences and Preparedness and the California Earthquake Study of Household Preparedness. As Chair of the Earthquake Country Alliance Committee for Research and Evaluation, Dr. Wood helped design and implement the ongoing evaluation for the “Great California Shakeout” earthquake drill. Dr. Wood is currently serving as a Subject Matter Expert for the USGS ShakeAlert Joint Committee for Communication, Education, and Outreach, and is working with the California Office of Emergency Services to develop and test messages for the earthquake early warning system (ShakeAlert) being developed for the US West coast.

About the National Hurricane Conference

The primary goal of the National Hurricane Conference is to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation in order to save lives and property in the United States and the tropical islands of the Caribbean and Pacific. In addition, the conference serves as a national forum for federal, state, and local officials to exchange ideas and recommend new policies to improve emergency management. Learn more at

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