US Hurricane Center Chief Encourages Social Media as Part of Disaster Preparedness
- Thursday, May 19, 2011 10:52 AM
MIAMI, USA - The U.S. National Hurricane Center is urging social media as part of a disaster preparedness plan. A good idea that Haitian agencies should adopt.
According to a release by the Associated Press , the center Chief stated that people should know which of their local agencies put out information on Twitter or Facebook , and they should set aside extra batteries so that even in a power outage they can update their status with a simple "I'm OK."
Also pointed out in the article is that it helps to alleviate the high volume of phone calls that come into disaster centers, that sometime prevent persons needing vital assistance from getting the help they need. Using social networking the majority can get information and relief locations as well as their family or friends whereabouts safer for the whole.
United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, Craig Fugate said that their agency maintains 16 accounts on Twitter alone, including Facebook and YouTube accounts.
It is a cheap and effective undertaking using social media to as disaster preparedness. To date, Haitian officials are a little slow to create such channels but can take heed as Haiti is prone to tumultuous natural events.
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Source: The Republic