10 Jan '18, 1am

Keep yourself safe and updated through any #travel emergency with help from social media

NEW YORK (NEW YORK TIMES) - You don’t have to like Twitter or Facebook, or even post to them, but when an emergency strikes, the networking sites can be essential travel tools. As Hurricane Maria neared the Caribbean, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) used Twitter to disseminate shelter information. And when an earthquake rocked Mexico, the State Department tweeted an emergency message about how to call the US Embassy. After the explosion at the Parsons Green subway station in London, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, posted a statement on Facebook, confirming that the “bucket bomb” was being treated as terrorism. Sometimes, organisations rely on social media to get out messages when their own websites are slow, as the National Hurricane Center’s was during Hurricane Irma. Other times, ways to help organically bubble up on social media. In 2015, when Islamic St...

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