If anyone doubted that Social Media is now a key means of communication, s/he only had to look at the advice by the US’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with regards to Hurricane Sandy. Several hours before the Hurricane was due to arrive on the US’s East Coast, FEMA posted the following tweet:
#Sandy tip: Phone lines may be congested after a storm, so update your social networks or text family/friends to say you’re OK.
There are also #Sandy-related twitter lists, Apps and other inventive uses of technology to support those that find themselves on the Hurricane’s path.
Image source: American Red Cross
After my last post, it is somehow heartwarming to see technology being used for good. My thoughts are with those affected by Sandy in the Caribbean, the US and elsewhere.