On June 20 2013, Calgary experienced the worst disaster in the city’s history. After days of heavy rainfall, the Bow and Elbow rivers swelled leading to catastrophic flooding and tens of thousands of Calgarians evacuating their homes. During the flood the city also suffered a blackout of information, which is where the Calgary Police Service stepped up using social media. Taking to Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and Flickr, the CPS’ Digital Communications Unit spent the next several days tirelessly typing. Sean Stephenson, Team Lead of the Digital Communications Unit, shares his team’s experiences during the crisis as well as what was learned from #yycflood.
Sean Stephenson is the Team Lead of the Calgary Police Service’s Digital Communications Unit. With over 10 years of experience as a Writer/Producer for various commercials, videos and nationally broadcast television shows, Sean brings a “Content is King” approach to social media. Joining the Calgary Police Service in 2012, Sean now leads a team of content creators who carry CPS into the digital age.