Social Media Disaster Analysis

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The media certainly has a positive influence of the effects of disasters. Media is communication channels through which news, entertainment, education, data, or promotional messages are disseminated. Through these channels, information is easily brought to the audience, allowing messages to reach the public in almost no time and inform them on what is occurring around the world. Social media is one of the best outlets to reach the minds of young people to make a real difference. Billions of people worldwide use social media networks. Media makes people listen and see and therefore forces them to reflect on a message. Therefore, media has a positive influence regarding the effects of disasters because it enhances safety, criticizes events occuring…show more content…
Media also plays an important role in convincing Governments and citizens to invest in disaster reduction. Salvano Briceño introduced how, “broadcasters have a responsibility to educate people and raise their awareness of the dangers of natural disasters” (Source A). Media can do this by airing public service announcements, producing special programmes to mark the anniversaries of previous disasters and creating other content. The ABU is also well positioned to both coordinate the improvement of emergency warning systems through television and radio among broadcasters throughout the pacific region and to assist in the development of content designed to educate audiences in advance on how to respond in the event of emergencies and natural disasters. Media broadcasts first-hand information from the area of the disaster. Immediately after the disaster occurs, media could be invaluable during the initial assessments, search and rescue. The positive impact of media is it raises people’s awareness on the disaster and, secondly, it helps to acquire the funding. Media helps citizens to make informed choices through objectively provided information as well. Ruxandra Floroiu explains that, “technology is playing an increasingly important role, making it possible to track potential disaster agents, alert authorities, and educate and warn the public in a more timely manner” (Source C). Media coverage of natural disasters influences the public awareness and perception. Simultaneously, it pressures the and related institutions to take timely correct steps and increase the funding for relief. Further, general public also extends support morally and financially. The media raises awareness on natural disasters and allows for people all over the world to be prepared/informed of any disaster heading their
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