This site has a lot of good information about how the new emerging social media, in particular, Twitter, is playing a role in disasters like Gustav, the fires in California, etc.  The Dads Center has documented as well for the past week about how this new medium is playing an important role in helping people cope and manage their way through this horrible storm. 

Thank you for the post.  And how did we find out about this article?  Why, Twitter, of course.

Here's an excerpt: 

It works the other way, too. Twitter is useful for connecting those
not directly affected by hurricanes with future victims of disaster. In
addition to GustavAlerts, the Science News Blog is sending hurricane information as tweets. Individuals—such as children’s storyteller Dianne de Las Casas of Harvey, Louisiana—are tweeting their evacuation
from the area. Dianne reported an 11-hour trip to get to Mississippi.
Reading about strangers experiencing such inconveniences is a way to
empathize, a precursor to more active engagement.

(UPDATE: Dianne also blogged in more detail about “the largest evacuation in U.S. history” before she finally went to sleep.)

We've all been closely following this storm in a much more personal way than ever has been possible before.  This is a true example of how emerging technologies and social media have an important role to play in our nation's future. 

For moms and dads out there, Twitter also could serve as an important tool for keeping up with your children.  Food for thought.

  1. W. David Stephenson

    Thanks for the post. Twitter is only one of the growing array of Web 2.0 mobile social networking apps. and devices that I’ve written about as empowering the public in disasters to not only share information with each other, but to potentially also provided invaluable “situational awareness” to first responders. You can find a comprehensive list of tips that I prepared on the Wireless Foundation site, , and I add new ones as they emerge (for example, using Qik: ) on my blog:
    W. David Stephenson
    Stephenson Strategies

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