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A help or a hindrance? The role of social media in natural disaster management.

A help or a hindrance? The role of social media in natural disaster management.

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Published by Oscar Schlenker
The technological advancements in media and interconnectivity have opened new channels of communication. In recent years, social media have proven to be relevant tools for gathering information when disaster strikes. This research evaluates how social media are being used in natural disaster management communications. Analyzing from the conclusions of disaster management, communication and information technology experts, this research outlines the challenges social media pose and where they serve best in the disaster management process. Additionally, the outcomes from this analysis can serve as suggestions for disaster management organizations looking to develop a social media strategy.
The technological advancements in media and interconnectivity have opened new channels of communication. In recent years, social media have proven to be relevant tools for gathering information when disaster strikes. This research evaluates how social media are being used in natural disaster management communications. Analyzing from the conclusions of disaster management, communication and information technology experts, this research outlines the challenges social media pose and where they serve best in the disaster management process. Additionally, the outcomes from this analysis can serve as suggestions for disaster management organizations looking to develop a social media strategy.

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Published by: Oscar Schlenker on Jul 26, 2011
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The disaster management community has seen an opportunity to enhance their
crucial communication needs through social media. Doing so requires techniques that
maximize time effectiveness and the quality of information uploaded and, especially,
downloaded from the Internet. To effectively understand the potential behind creating a
social media strategy it is crucial to understand the background and tools that are used
to share, develop and distribute social media content.

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