Social media close behind 911 in US emergencies

In a recent study by The American Red Cross, responders said using social media outlets like Facebook would be a second choice if they faced an emergency. The CBC reports that nearly 70 per cent of those surveyed said emergency responders should be monitoring social media sites to send help quickly, and nearly half believed an agency is probably already responding to any urgent request posted. Of those surveyed, 74% said they expected help to come less than an hour after their tweet or Facebook post.

What do you make of the survey results? Have you or someone one you know asked for help through social networks?

Social media 2nd choice after 911 in crisis poll


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