Best tips for utilizing social media during a disaster

The recent events in Joplin have left me missing (only a little) my days at the Red Cross. Social media didn’t exist when I was involved in disaster response, and I’ve been fascinated – ever since I started experimenting with Twitter in the days leading up to Hurricane Ike – with the potential it holds for communication when landlines and cell phone lines are overloaded or taken totally out.  My friend, Kami Watson Huyse, of Zoetica Media, has been working on this challenge through her efforts with the Red Cross…and she summarizes it all here.

It’s a good lesson for all of us, whether we are in a big disaster or a small crisis. Kami covers both the drawbacks and benefits, as well as offering some sound tips. Thanks, Kami. For your generosity in sharing your talent. For your heart in caring. And prayers for your mom…I’m glad she’s safe.

And now, for your reading pleasure…

Kami’s blog post on getting the most from social media during a disaster.

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One thought on “Best tips for utilizing social media during a disaster

  1. This just shows the power and reach of social media in getting news and information across.
    Even with the Japan nuclear disaster people got most of their updates from the net and twitter.

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