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:
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.
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.
Here is a list of the mobile giving campaigns via Mobile Giving Insider:
It was Social Media that was the actual first responder on the scene in Haiti. How ready are you to be there with it?