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The general public is increasingly using social media, mobile technology and online news outlets during disasters, according to a survey by the American Red Cross.

The two-part survey – conducted by ORC International on behalf of the organization – polled 1,011 individuals by telephone and 1,046 people online between June 23 and June 27.

About 24% of the general public and 31% of those online said they would use social media to notify their friends and family that they are safe during a disaster situation.

In addition, 80% of the general public and 69% of the online respondents said they believe national emergency response organizations should monitor social media sites routinely to prepare for prompt responses. Among online survey respondents, 39% said they expect first responders to arrive less than an hour after pleas for help are posted online.

The Red Cross also found that 63% of the general public said they turn to online news during emergencies, while 90% said they rely on television news and 73% seek radio news; 18% of the general public said they use Facebook to find information, while 5% use Twitter; 6% of the general public said they would “definitely” sign up for email or text alerts or other ways to receive safety information, while 21% said they “probably” would.

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Source: Social Media in Disasters and Emergencies

Date: Summer, 2011

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 at 2:00 pm and is filed under Longwoods Online.