Social media is becoming a major factor in Staten Island’s relief and recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy.
Residents of the island used Smart phones and other community-based social sites to mobilize assistance, including appeals, donations, and shelter provisions.
As the agencies prepare to amass the manpower and supplies necessary to provide relief, citizens have stepped up to lend their hands and ease the pressure.
Citizens are using social media to coordinate relief efforts, including car pools for donation drives. Some even posted messages that they were making their homes open to anyone in need of shelter and a hot meal.
These social media users should be looked at as examples of how to leverage social media in strengthening the community. Amidst the dark aftermath of Sandy, these New Yorkers provide a glimmer of much needed hope.