A lot of people are getting together in Washington soon to step it up, check this out:
Social media has radically changed how people communicate, including their calls
for help. As we have seen in Haiti and other smaller disasters, now, people Tweet,
add a Facebook status or text about a natural disaster. And they expect a response.
Emergency and disaster response organizations are working to develop a process to
address this and harness the communication power of new media.
To meet this growing challenge, the American Red Cross is launching an initiative
to address how to reply to these digital cries for help more effectively. This
includes an Emergency Social Data Summit on Thursday August 12, 2010, in
Washington, D.C with government agencies,
emergency management professionals, disaster response organizations, tech companies
and concerned citizens. There is also an online blog/white paper discussion of the