Flash mob

10:42 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Slideshow: Emergency Preparedness Flash Mob Takes City Hall

Participants braved the afternoon heat to promote emergency preparedness yesterday.
Photo by Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Some 30 people gathered in front of City Hall yesterday, as part of a city-organized “flash mob” raising awareness of disaster preparedness.

The kid-aimed event began with a question-and-answer session for the little ones, complete with emergency pack prizes. Then it was time for the main event: a group dance to a hip-hop inflected preparedness song.  

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1:50 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

What a Feeling: 'Flash' Dance Your Way to Emergency Preparedness

Security theater with a beat: A still from a video promoting today's dance flash mob.
Image courtesy youtube.com/user/austintexasgov

Catastrophic floods. Bio-terrorism. Nuclear attacks.

Can a flash mob and a funky beat help people prepare for such emergencies?

The City of Austin’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management office thinks it might be weird enough to work. Today, HSEM is gathering a flash mob outside of City Hall to spread its message of preparedness. The city partnered with Dance Austin Studio to design a dance accompanying a song with instructions for making a plan. (Yes, such a thing exists.)

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