"Ring the Bell: The Role of Twitter in Disaster Communication" is a website I made to showcase my journalistic research on the role of Twitter in terms of disaster communication and public awareness strategies.
Are natural disasters increasing? Yes.
From 1980 to 2009 there was an 80 percent increase in the growth of natural disasters. During the last decade, more than $1.2 trillion was lost due to the increased rates of natural disasters. This was a dramatic rise, because the lost had been about $528 billion between 1981 and 1990.
As the possibility of natural disasters increases, the disaster warning system has also constantly changed. From telegraph to social media, the disaster warning system has played a significant role in informing both the authorities and concerned individuals about the progress and results of a certain disaster.
In the year 2015, Twitter should be considered one of the most important sources in terms of disaster communication and public awareness strategies. By communicating the information to both the public and the government, Twitter informs them of an approaching disaster, and then enables them to take necessary steps to help in the coordination of response and recovery.
Here I will showcase some of the articles I wrote for this site. If you are interested in any of them, just click on the image and it will take you to the article!