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Posts Tagged ‘Hurricane Irene’

Weather Channel Uses Storify, User Contributions To Cover Irene’s Impact In Vermont

Hurricane Irene, which slammed into the East Coast over the weekend, largely spared the New York area, which was forecast to take a direct hit.

Vermont wasn’t as lucky. Parts of the Green Mountain State were damaged by devastating floods. Whole towns, like Rutland, were cut off from the outside world by impassable roads.

The catastrophic damage in Vermont came as a nasty surprise, and many news organizations, including the Weather Channel, did not position crews there.

So how did the Weather Channel initially cover Irene from Vermont?

They used Storify, and curated pictures and video from Twitter and YouTube. Read more

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More Social Media Resources for Bad Weather

This week’s spate of bad weather — the upcoming Hurricane Irene and the Virginia earthquake — made one thing even more crystal clear: People are turning to traditional news sources less and less for information. Instead of flocking to the Weather Channel to see how a storm progresses, people are logging onto social media sites and getting up-to-the second news. (A new American Red Cross survey also shows more people use social media in emergencies.)

“Social media is becoming an integral part of disaster response,” Wendy Harman, director of social strategy for the American Red Cross, told Healthcare IT News.

Twitter and Facebook both had huge increases in traffic after this week’s earthquake. Twitter reported that within a minute of the earthquake, there were more than 40,000 related tweets. Our sister site, All Facebook, documented the reaction on Facebook.

But those are the typical social media sites to tune into. Here are a couple more you should consider checking out. Read more