Nearly one million people are affected by natural disasters each year. In the U.S. alone, some 400 people die from disasters that cost the economy $17.6 billion. Helping respond to these cataclysmic events, social media is now a go-to tool for those effected by disasters.
One in five Americans has used an a to help find shelter and supplies; and 24% used social media to letemergency app. Of those Americans effected by natural disasters, 76% used social media to contact friends and family; 37% of used social media to let loved ones know they’re safe
An infographic created by USF’s Online MPA details how social media has revolutionized communications during natural disasters.