How Effective Is Your Emergency Communications System?

In my last post, I discussed how a siloed communications system doesn’t work in emergency communications. The term, silo, refers to departments within an organization working separately with little to no communication with each other. For example, in the public sector, emergency notifications are typically handled separately from the communications team. Taking full advantage of… Read more »


Timing Is Everything

Guest post by Jim Garrow, Operations and Logistics Manager, Philadelphia Department of Public Health When I follow emergencies unfolding online, I follow them using Twitter. It’s where news breaks these days. The problem is that it keeps breaking. Over and over and over again until the entire situation is a mish-mash of unhelpful posts. Let… Read more »


Silos Don’t Work in Emergency Communications

As a government professional, chances are you know a thing or two about emergency notifications. It’s a critical tool that is an absolute necessity as a means to communicate effectively with the public in times of emergencies. However, what you may not realize is that using a single platform system to manage your emergency communications… Read more »


What Government Can Learn from Pharrell Williams About Collaboration

As we move through 2013, collaboration continues to be a trending topic in government and one I seem to keep running across, both in my personal and professional life. Having just returned from a study abroad program accompanied by 30 of my fellow classmates, I found myself a little burned-out in the collaboration department.  After… Read more »


Translation for Understanding

Guest post by Jim Garrow, Operations and Logistics Manager, Philadelphia Department of Public Health I work in public health which, as you’ve heard me complain, can be a bit dry. We talk about very complicated subjects and the people who do most of our talking have numerous advanced degrees and understand those subjects at a… Read more »


What have you done for me lately? Measuring the success of your communications

By Amy Larsen, Client Success Consultant at GovDelivery Today’s government communicators are tasked with staying on top of the latest communication trends to create and deliver messages or content that stakeholders want to receive.  And we all know the only way to determine success is if we measure it, which means government communicators end up… Read more »


Preventing Crime in 2013: How to Get More Tips With Email

By John Simpson, Engagement Consultant at GovDelivery Preventing crime is one of the number one goals for public safety organizations. In 2013, we are seeing a shift in public safety groups, many of whom are leveraging the power of local citizens and stakeholders to report criminal activity. This type of interaction helps identify trends and… Read more »


Hack for MN 2013

By Ben Ortega, Senior Software Engineer at GovDelivery On June 1st we celebrated the first annual National Day of Civic Hacking, a day dedicated to leveraging technology and open data to improve communities. Not satisfied with a typical single day event, our local civic-minded techies at Open Twin Cities organized Hack for MN, a weekend-long… Read more »


Upcoming Webinar: Improving Emergency Communications in Government

Unlike businesses in the private sector, government organizations have an additional challenge. In times of emergencies, such as a natural disaster or criminal threat to the community, getting that message successfully delivered to the right audience, and at the right time, can help save lives. A government agency’s ability to easily connect with community members… Read more »


Innovation & Government: Don’t Be Intimidated by the Big “I” Word (Edison Wasn’t)

As I thought about the subject of these two words thrown together, I thought about different analogies I could use in order to put a fun visual to the idea. One thought that came to mind was imagining that Innovation and Government were high school kids in the hierarchy of popularity. Government might very well… Read more »