Tornadoes Across South: How Twitter & Online Tech Are Helping

Tornadoes have caused tragedy across the South with at least 85 people now reported killed as the tornadoes wreaked havoc throughout the night. The crisis is still ongoing with fatalities in several states and it’s one of those times of emergency where social media and tech is helping out.

For more on fatalities so far check out a report on msnbc.com. Here at OSM we’ve noted on many occasions just how helpful social media resources can be at times such as this, with recent examples including the Japan tsunami, and New Zealand earthquakes. Now we hear how social media and tech platforms are once again proving useful, this time across the southern U.S. Charlie White over on Mashable tells how social media is getting the message across about just how bad this situation is and shows a shocking video of a tornado in action in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Weather experts from Birmingham’s TV station ABC33/40 are also using live UStream video to keep viewers informed with the very latest developments, giving many that extra bit of time to take cover. There’s also a Twitter feed from the Weather Channel with all the breaking news and latest images from viewers uploading photos from their mobiles. There’s also Twitter help with a state specific hashtag to follow the latest information, for example, #ARwx for Arkansas or #GAwx for Georgia, Twitter being a prime example of the immediacy that is available from using social media.

Have you been affected by the tornadoes sweeping across the South? Has social media or tech been helpful to you in any way in this situation? Let us know with your comments and know that here at OSM we’re thinking of all those affected.