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The Victorian Bushfires and how social media can help

February 9th, 2009 by Julie Delaforce · 2 Comments

The devastation across Victoria caused by this weekend’s bushfires is at the top of most Australians’ minds today. Where do we turn in times of need? To friends and community, whom most of us have regular contact with online through social media.

Already there are over 30 Facebook groups dedicated to leaving messages of support for those who lost loved ones. The largest Facebook Group already has over 11,000 members.

A quick Flickr search reveals a stream of images from the bushfires.

There are over 300 YouTube videos when conducting a search for ‘Victorian Bushfires‘.

Twitter is flooded with messages carrying the #bushfires tag.

It is times like this that social media can be of great importance and influence. Wouldn’t it be great if the CFA had the resources to be able to tweet updates so those affected by cut powerlines were able to check updates on their mobile phones?

Many people affected by the bushfires have turned to social networks to keep in touch with friends and let them know they’re safe. Social media can serve a real purpose to connect people in times of need.

If you or someone you know has been affected by the bushfires, contact:

The Victorian Bushfire Hotline: 1800 240 667

The Red Cross: 1800 727 077

or log on to the Victorian Country Fire Association’s website.

If you’d like to donate to those in need:

Donate to the Red Cross’s appeal.
Contact the Salvation Army to donate clothing.

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