The storm came and then it was gone. In its wake, plenty of destruction to go around for everyone. Here in Long Island, N.Y., neither the North or South Shores were spared the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. The hilly North Shore had countless trees crushing homes, cars and electrical wires; the South Shore had severe flooding that took out the power and entire homes with it.
Through it all, people took to social media. Those who were rendered powerless, cold and without a voice, could eek out distress calls and locate services, even though cell service was intermittent. When blunders occurred, there was a way to let the authorities know loud and clear that they were now on notice — they would be exposed for their incompetence and it would be known that our high tax dollars and cost for services demanded more than this! Passionate fundraisers and compassionate online communities coalesced through social media as they spread the word far and wide through their vast networks.
Social media is a powerful force — in business but also in doing good — and perhaps that is most apparent during times of crisis. Following are links to some of the articles and resources that demonstrate just how important social media has been to the people affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The power of social media:
Crowdsourced maps can be valuable online resources:
Facebook pages create online communities:
Websites help mobilize communities: