How Social Media is Changing Disaster Response – TIME
By Erin SkardaTime online, June 09, 2011
…With cell-phone service largely unavailable and a distance of several thousand miles between her house in Amsterdam, N.Y., and Joplin, Williamson-Smith posted photos of James on several Facebook pages that were created in the aftermath of the tornado. Less than 24 hours later, she saw a comment on a page called “Joplin Tornado Citizen Checks” that said James had been found and was volunteering with search-and-rescue teams. “Even though at that point we hadn’t spoken to him directly, it was comforting to know that someone out there had seen him and that he was O.K.,” says Williamson-Smith. …
For full text of the article visist Facebook to the Rescue! How Social Media is Changing Disaster Response – TIME.
- Social Rescue: Facebook, Twitter Change Disaster Response (time.com)
- How Social Media Is Changing Disaster Response (time.com)
- Social Media Foster Citizen-to-Citizen Aid After Disasters (idisaster.wordpress.com)
- Facebook vs federal disaster officials (cnn.com)
- FEMA Administrator on GIS and Social Media for Emergency Management (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Joplin Tornado demonstrates Social Media’s 5 key roles in disaster response and recovery (idisaster.wordpress.com)
Tags: Amsterdam, Crisis Response, Disaster Response, Facebook, Federal Emergency Management Agency, James Williamson, Joplin, Kim Stephens, Mobile phone, Search and rescue, SMEM, Social media, Tornado
Dr. Lea Shanley is the founder and former co-Chair of the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science, a vibrant community of 200 federal employees from more than 35 agencies. She is also a co-founding member of the Citizen Science Association. Dr. Shanley recently served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA, where she helped to foster a culture of open innovation. Prior to this, she founded and directed the Commons Lab at the Wilson Center, served in the US Senate as a Congressional Science Fellow, and worked with local and tribal communities to develop GIS-based decision support systems for city planning, natural resource management, coastal management, and disaster response through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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