A website has been set up to harness the power of social media during natural disasters. The creators say that Emicus.com it will be used to prevent “the horrors of hurricane Katrina from happening again”.
The website sates that Emicus.com will work by “gathering information from a variety of sources – government agencies, news media, voluntary organizations, social networking sites and people in the impacted areas and present it in a real-time interactive geospatial interface. This interface serves a wide variety of purposes from the location of available goods and services to a communication tool that can be used by first response and communication personnel”.
The site will be put to the test this week with three tropical storms expected. Hurricane Bill, headed for Florida could be especially dangerous. Emicus.com hopes that its users will be able to spread valuable information to others during the storm using social media sites like twitter.