The increasing influence of social media is undeniable. It is a multi-tasking platform spreading promotion, awareness, and information across the globe within seconds. With its vast audience and speed of sharing, social media can be used to spread awareness about an impending natural calamities, such as hurricanes and tsunamis.
Government offices around the world now have specially created pages on social media where the public can ask queries and get information on a one-to-one basis regarding natural disasters. These social media accounts can also offer readers an up-to-date status on changing emergency conditions.
Not only used for prevention, social media is also being used to generate funds for rehabilitation of the disaster struck areas. After the Haiti and Japan Earthquakes, people used Twitter, Facebook, and blogs to keep track of the whereabouts of their family and friends, as well as offer donations and voice their solidarity with the disaster victims.
Hurricane Irene generated 12,000 tweets alone, providing instant access to information about the disasterous hurricane’s course and after-effects. Videos uploaded on Facebook and YouTube moved viewers into action through rescue relief and donations to help those most effected.
Social media can bolster the social networks of post-disaster survivors and, in turn, prevent the negative consequences and quicken disaster management efforts.
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