Social Media: The Real First Responder In Haiti

Posted by at 15 January, 2010, 5:00 am

Since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti 60 hours ago it has become clear that the true first responder in both getting the word out and providing coordination has been Social Media. Here’s just a few of the developments in Haiti having to do with Social Media:

Haitian Tear via Earthquake Haiti Facebook Group

US Responders In Haiti

The lead governmental office coordinating the relief efforts in Haiti is the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. FEMA’s Daily Situation Reports have included the status of deployed and standby FEMA resources including:

Unfortunately, as you may notice, the Urban Search & Rescue teams have not yet embraced Social Media.

VAFireNews is providing updates about VA-1 and VA-2

Do you want to understand what Social Media can do for your agency? Spend the 30 minutes to watch the 5 Reasons and Methods for PIOs to Develop and Distribute Social Media to see the benefits a Social Media presence will be able to provide your agency.

Mobile Giving Campaigns

Here is a list of the mobile giving campaigns via Mobile Giving Insider:

  • Text HAITI to 25383 to donate $5 to International Rescue Committee
  • Text HAITI to 30644 to pledge a donation to CARE
  • Text RELIEF to 30644 to get automatically connected to Catholic Relief Services and donate money with your credit card
  • Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross
  • Text the word HAITI to 52000 to make a $10 contribution to The Salvation Army in the United States
  • Text HAITI to 45678 to donate $5 to the Salvation Army in Canada
  • Text YELE to 501501 to donation $5 to Yele
  • Text HAITI to 864833 to donate $5 to The United Way
  • Text CERF to 90999 to donate $5 to The United Nations Foundation
  • Text DISASTER to 90999 to donate $10 to Compassion International

It was Social Media that was the actual first responder on the scene in Haiti. How ready are you to be there with it?

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About the author

Dave Konig wrote 205 articles on this blog.

Dave has been involved in Social Media since 2005 through the current major services and some defunct ones as well. During this time he has been able to hone the craft by testing out the theories of others, creating his own philosophies, and gathering a better understanding of the mediums involved through networking and most importantly actual practice.

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5 Responses to “Social Media: The Real First Responder In Haiti”


Greg Friese January 15, 2010

Dave, this is a terrific summary of the use of social media in the minutes and days following the earth quake in Haiti. Thanks.