“1 out of 5 survivors of a disaster will use social media to contact an emergency responder instead of calling 911.”

Social Media is The New Face of Disaster Response

Social media has allowed people to quickly communicate with each other in a variety of ways. Social media websites, like Twitter and Facebook, have been a revolutionary change in global communication because we can send one message that thousands of people can read instantaneously. With the use of mobile internet devices, people can even post up Facebook comments or Twitter messages from any location that has a Wi-Fi connection and their friends will see it. But as much fun as social media can be, it also serves a great purpose for informing people of life threatening disasters, like hurricanes or wildfires. Many news organizations have turned to social networks for reporting their information because of the millions of people that use them. In fact, more people are using social networks now for their information than regular television. So, it makes sense that news organizations will use social networks to report critical information since people can see it anywhere through their mobile devices.

Not only are news organizations using social media, but so are emergency responders of disasters. In fact, one out of five survivors of a disaster will use social media to contact an emergency responder instead of calling 911. There are emergency apps that people can download in case of a disaster strikes. For those that don’t have this app, 44% of other survivors will use social media to contact their friends and then they’ll contact the emergency responders for them. The true miracle behind social media has to do with mobile users that don’t require a hard line to stay connected to the internet. If there is a tornado or hurricane, then you’ll obviously have power outages as well as phone and cable lines being down. If you only use a desktop computer to connect to the internet, then of course you won’t have a way to use social media to get help. But now with the increasing use of iPhones and Androids, people can stay in contact with their loved ones and vice versa. That is why 76% of survivors’ loved ones are able to use social media to get in contact with them and make sure they are safe. Twenty years ago, this would not have been possible because there were no mobile phones and certain no social media. People had to wait for their phone lines to get fixed before they were able to contact their loved ones. We certainly have come a long way technologically in our society. The speed of our communication through social media has saved more lives and assured more people about the safety of their loved ones during a disaster.