Monday, August 9, 2010

Modern Day S.O.S.

From robberies to sinkholes, social media is changing the way we report emergencies. A survey recently conducted by Infogroup and ORC found that social media sites are the 4th most popular source for emergency information, coming behind television news, radio and online news sites. Here are a few more interesting tidbits from the survey.

  • 1,058 adults surveyed
  • 1 in 5 would try to contact responders through e-mail, websites or social media, if unable to reach 9-1-1
  • 69% said emergency responders should be monitoring social media sites to quickly send help
  • Nearly half believe a response agency is probably already responding to any urgent request they might see

An Emergency Social Data Summit scheduled for August 12 will address just how American Red Cross and other emergency response groups are working to keep up with this growing trend.

Check out for more on the survey results.

Have you ever used social media to reach out for help during an emergency?