Web Users Increasingly Rely on Social Media to Seek Help in a Disaster

The following appeared as a press release — [Red Cross Press Release – DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB]

http://bit.ly/crvkrR
A new American Red Cross survey shows many web users would turn to social media to seek help for themselves or others during emergencies—and they expect first responders to be listening. The online survey asked 1,058 adults about their use of social media sites in emergency situations. It found that if they needed help and couldn’t reach 9-1-1, one in five would try to contact responders through a digital means such as e-mail, websites or social media. If web users knew of someone else who needed help, 44 percent would ask other people in their social network to contact authorities, 35 percent would post a request for help directly on a response agency’s Facebook page and 28 percent would send a direct Twitter message to responders. [Red Cross Press Release – DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB]

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