The purpose of this blog post is to provide my seventh installment in the disaster preparedness series, how can social media benefit you after a disaster.

“Just the facts, ma’am.  Just the facts.” – Dragnet

Utilizing social media prior and post-disaster has multiple benefits.  In this blog post, I am going to focus on post-disaster, and how utilizing social media can offer benefits to you, your family, and your friends.  In a recent survey by Hootsuite, 3.2 billion people use their mobile device to access some form of social media.  Not surprisingly, 69% of all US adults use at least one social media site. 

So, when disaster strikes, why not use a platform that will allow your family and friends to know in real-time, how you and your immediate family are doing?  Here’s the kicker, you are utilizing social media for emergency communication only.  (Insert audible sigh here.) 

Unclutter Me’s Social Media Post-Disaster Instructions

 Pick your #1 social media site and give a clear, concise message. 

  • If all family members are accounted for, type the following message:

“We are safe.”

  • If all family members are not accounted for, type only the essentials that pertain to your situation

Example:  “Earthquake.  House is unsafe.  Moving to shelter.  No immediate contact with ________”

What not to do on social media post-disaster?

  1. Address how horrible the experience was for you and your family.
  2. Respond to comments back and forth with family and friends.
  3. Become a media outlet on updates with no verification if your data is correct or valid.    

What is the purpose in utilizing social media after a disaster?

Short answer: to disseminate information quickly in regards to your family’s wellbeing.

As addressed in the sixth installment of my disaster preparedness series, Who are you going to call?, hopefully you have created a PPIO to assist you with inquiries family and friends may have in regards to you and your family’s wellbeing.  However, we all know that we all have those family and friends that will bypass any and all requests you may have established prior to the disaster, and try to contact you directly. 

Utilizing social media allows you to add another layer to decrease the number of texts/phone calls you might receive. 

What is our goal:  Retain your smart phone / cell phone battery life.  Keep in mind, you may not have access to a power source for hours if not days.  Utilizing your phone for the essentials is critical. 

Recently, I was the featured guest with the National Association of Organizing professionals and Productivity specialists (NAPO) Stand Out podcast, Episode #41: How to prepare for disasters with Lisa Witzleben.  Listen and learn more here.

“Safety isn’t expensive, its priceless.” – Jerry Smith

You CAN do this!  Unclutter Me is here to assist you. 

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