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The Storm Has Passed: Social Media Picks Up the Pieces
By: Greg Dorn
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Hurricane Sandy saw catastrophic destruction and an unprecedented amount of homes and businesses left in ruins. Cities were shut down, crucial transportation systems were halted, our financial institutions were at a standstill, and people were left with the painful task of rebuilding their lives. Unfortunately, as with many natural disasters, none of this matters to those who tragically lost their lives. Our hearts go out to those very people and their loved ones. Fortunately, though, in this time of great need and confusion, communities have strung together and flocked to social media tactics in an attempt to pick up the pieces.
In an effort to stay up to date in real-time and search for those who are missing, we have seen a tremendous sense of warmth and community outreach. Towns hit hardest by the storm have done an outstanding and impressive job at keeping searches organized and efficient. One shining example is the city of Long Beach, NY, setting up a Google Doc of missing persons for people to check and update.
Facebook pages have been popping up in various communities, posting updates, statuses, and helpful information for those in need.
It goes without saying that we never know when disaster may strike or the extent of its debilitating capabilities. It is however comforting to know that in the darkest of hours, people are able to band together to help piece together what we have lost. And if social media can play a part in this grand effort, what a wonderful tool to have.

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About the Author
Greg Dorn is a blogger, writer, and obsessed with everything technology and social media. Greg is absolutely captivated with the recent advancements in mobile gadgets, making our world more seamlessly connected. You can learn more about him on his own blog here
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