People Rely Social Media During Disasters


Preparing for a hurricane in 2011, means keeping up with social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook for many people. 

A joint poll released yesterday by Ron Sachs Communications and Mason Dixon shows one in two people would use social media or text messaging to find out if they are in harms way.  National Hurricane Survival Initiative Spokeswoman Michelle Ubben says social media is becoming a useful tool for emergency workers.

The poll also discovered that half of those surveyed would use social media to let their friends and family know if they need help or made it out okay.  The report found that 60-percent of people under the age of 35 would turn to social media for updates and warnings, compared to just 45-percent of 35 to 60 year-olds


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