This infographic shows the ways that people and organizations are using social media to provide updates and keep in touch during emergencies.
According to this infographic, people use Twitter in multiple emergency situations that range anywhere from providing information during the Mumbai Terrorist Attacks to various natural disasters.
One of the benefits of Twitter and Facebook is that it is instant.
One of the examples on this info-graphic was a Tweet that said, “Need a paramedic on corner of John Wesley Dobbs and Jackson St. Woman on the ground unconscious. Pls ReTweet”
I’m not sure how efficient it is to Tweet something like that instead of calling 911. While instantaneous news-feeds like Twitter and Facebook are effective for situations where no one can be reached by phone, calling 911 should always be the first option in the case of a real emergency.
When I told my dad about the use of Facebook and Twitter during emergencies, he laughed at me. His said that during a natural disaster that causes everyone to lose phone and internet service, social media is irrelevant.
This lead him to plan what we were suppose to do as a family, in case there was an emergency where we couldn’t contact each other. That is another story for another blog though, back to the original reason for this post…
This infographic asks the question “In an area-wide emergency, how likely would you be to use social media channels to let your friends and family know you are safe?”
28% of people said they “definitely would”, and I’m in this category with them.
Social media is an instant way to get the word out about a crisis or disaster in the area and can spread the message a lot faster than a phone call could.
What do you think? Would you use Facebook or Twitter in case of an emergency?
Photo by Niccolò Caranti