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Social web is creating a fundamental shift in disaster response: Emergency Social Data Summit in Washington, DC: August 12th 2010

I am looking forward to meeting a lot of friends at Thursday’s Emergency Social Data Summit in Washington, DC ( being held at the American Red Cross. Did  you know "74% of those in need who post a request for help online expect a response" see the survey " Web Users Increasingly Rely on Social Media to Seek Help in a Disaster". The summit will be  discussing how to close the gap between public expectation and disaster response reality. 
The Red Cross survey also found that among web users, social media sites are the fourth most popular source for emergency information, just behind television news, radio and online news sites. More web users say they get their emergency information from social media than from a NOAA weather radio, government website or emergency text message system. One in five social media users also report posting eyewitness accounts of emergency events to their accounts.
All the ways to participate :
Thanks to Wendy Harman, American Red Cross, Social Media Director ,@wharman . Looking forward to your participation IRL or online.

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