Social Media in an Emergency

We’ve written before about ‘can I eMail 911?’ – to which the answer was no. However social media is becoming a mainstream means of communication. So, we wondered what would it look like if we were to use social media in an emergency. We looked at 10 social media sites with which we have at least a passing familiarity and considered what might happen on each if our house was on fire. So here it is…

Social Media in an Emergency

 twitter Twitter my house is on fire! #sendhelpquick #911
 facebook Facebook my house is on fire! Like this status if you’ll send help.
 stumble StumbleUpon I found this house. It was on fire!
 4square FourSquare here’s where my house is on fire! Come quick.
 instagram Instagram here’s a fake vintage picture of what my house used to look like before it was on fire
 wordpress WordPress Today I’m going to write about my house. It’s on fire! Send help!
 youtube YouTube Here’s a video of my house burning. Quick, send a fire truck so I can film it
 linkedin LinkedIn Skills include shouting: Fire! Fire!
 pinterest Pinterest Here’s a set of instructions for making s’mores while your house burns.
 G+ G+ Join my circle of people – dancing round my house while it burns.

Any others to add? Did we miss your favourite social site? Just comment below! And let us leave you with one last piece of advice for using social media in an emergency:



About Tony Howarth

Tony is a First Aid & CPR Instructor Trainer with Sea 2 Sky Safety Training Services and the company founder. Tony started with the British Red Cross in 1994. Has acted as first aid attendant for hundreds of events & treated many hundreds of people as a result. He is experienced in training a wide range of courses. He previously worked as an ambulance attendant with the British Red Cross. He is now in BC as a first aid instructor, and an instructor trainer (one who trains others to become instructors) Finally, Tony works at Squamish General Hospital as the pharmacist manager when not busy training safety
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2 Responses to Social Media in an Emergency

  1. Karen says:

    Hi – Karen here from @redcrosscanada. Funny blog – too true! I shared it on Twitter – I’m @karensnider

    • Tony Howarth says:

      Hi Karen,

      Thanks for the RT. We’re @sea2sky_safety – will look you up later. We often see CRC on Facebook.

      What did we all do before this social stuff!?

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