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Superstorm Sandy: Social Media, Twitter, Facebook , Mappings

Social media is being heavily used to provide info on Sandy’s aftermath and recovery.  Here are the main social media channels (a sampling) we’ve identified.  If you know of key additional ones, please share with the list.  Most television and news radio stations also post their info on Twitter and/or Facebook.


Please pass this info along to those in affected areas.  If you are not affected by the storm, this list will give you a good introduction to the uses of social media in a disaster situation.



If you are already on Twitter, here are some handles to follow to stay up to date and to find the latest information to share with your community.  If you are not there yet, now might be the time to take a look at how Twitter is being used.  You can follow “lists” which aggregate tweets made by list members, or you can follow “hashtags” which aggregate words within the text of the tweet.


Twitter LISTS to follow:

Twitter HASHTAGS to follow:

  • The primary tags to follow (enter in the search box on the twitter home page) are: #Sandy  and #Frankenstorm.
  • Additional tags to follow that will include Sandy information and more: #smem (social media and emergency response) and #VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters).

FACEBOOK – most organizations that use Twitter also have a Facebook page.  Examples include:




American Red Cross


HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Public Health Emergency


Medical Reserve Corps


New York City Office of Emergency Management


New Jersey Office of Emergency Management



People and organizations have created maps using crowd-sourced information for a variety of purposes.  Below are some examples.


Google Crisis Response and

Info on transit, power outage locations, availability of food, gas, water, ice, etc.


ESRI Hurricane Sandy User Map Gallery:


Hurricane Sandy Communication Map

Identifies places where there is free wi-fi or electricity to charge phones.


Maryland Emergency Management Agency Reporting Map


New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Alerts and Updates

List of pharmacies, hotels, restaurants and gas stations that are open.


Submitted by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS (Contractor) / Librarian

Aquilent, Inc., suppporting the mission of the National Library of Medicine

Specialized Information Services Division

Disaster Information Management Research Center

6707 Democracy Blvd.  Suite 510

Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

301-496-2742, phone

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