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Social media in emergency management: exploring twitter use by emergency responders in the UK

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/12/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Emergency Management
Issue number4
Volume14
Number of pages22
Pages (from-to)322 - 343
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Emergency Management practices are being reshaped by social media. Emergency responders are embracing social media to enhance communications during an emergency. The integration of social media into UK emergency management is ambigious, and it is uncertain as to whether it is an effective tool. Using a mixed methods approach, this research investigates the UK emergency responders use of social media for emergency management, focusing in particular on the UK winter floods of 2013/14. Furthermore, the effectiveness of the UK emergency responders social media activity is examined. This research shows that the responders perceive social media as a useful tool to effectively deliver information to the public, although they do not appear to fully exploit it in an emergency. While the responders appear to predominantly post caution and advice, the results suggest that information about structures and utilities affected by an incident is most likely to engage an audience.