Social Media Use in Disasters

Vildan Oral, Meliksah Turan


Disasters as social dimension; humanity is at the forefront, volunteer work is carried out and people are exposed to various forms of exposure, and society is forced to cling. The first and foremost need to have information about disaster-affected regions, to carry out work on the minimum requirements of disasters, and to support local, national and international support is to be aware of the dimensions of disasters. Today, technology, entertainment, communication, complaints, support and so on. There are many applications designed for social sharing purposes. This study was conducted in order to evaluate the views of the use of these applications, which entered our life as social media, in disaster and emergency situations. Within the scope of the study, a questionnaire including 15 questions for using 6 social media for demographic information was prepared. The questionnaires were organized in the form of Google Forms and were delivered to a total of 712 participants from various professional groups, age groups and various social networks on social networks, filled by volunteers to give support. As a result, social media, which has become an indispensable part of today's society, has information about the needs of disasters in disasters, providing help and support to the disaster area, getting instant news from disaster area, being aware of the safety of family members in the region, it is an undeniable fact that it has the capacity to support information management in disasters.

Key Words: Communication, Disaster, Social Media

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ISSN (online) 2422-8702