Kim Stephens is the lead blogger of iDisaster 2.0 and her focus is the benefits as well as the challenges the emergency management community might face when employing new information communications technologies before, during and after a crisis. She  has over a decade of experience  in the field of emergency management, both as a researcher and a practitioner.  Her experience has spanned  federal, local and non-governmental organizations: from the US Environmental Protection Agency, to the Tennessee Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, and the American Red Cross.   She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Texas A & M University. Her special focus is the application of social media to the practice of emergency management in the public sector.  Kim recently developed social media training for the 2011 Readiness in Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) grantees and has spoken to several University emergency management groups about the use of social media for crisis communications in that setting. She was recently hired as an associate at ABT Associates Inc, a consulting firm based in Cambridge, MA and Bethesda, Maryland.