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Twitter Expands Its Alert System

Twitter Expands Its Alert System

By Chris Crum November 18, 2013

Twitter launched a new alert system for emergencies and other important information back in September. This morning, the company announced that it is expanding into the UK and Ireland. Nearly sixty accounts in the region have signed up to participate. …

Second Sinkhole Appears in Tampa Bay Area Second Sinkhole Appears in Tampa Bay Area

It appears that the Earth may be attempting to swallow Tampa Bay, Florida. Less than one week after a sinkhole reported to be 30 feet across pulled a man named Jeffrey Bush to his death, Reuters is reporting that a …

Donate to Hurricane Sandy Relief While Using iTunes Donate to Hurricane Sandy Relief While Using iTunes
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Apple and the American Red Cross have partnered to help superstorm Sandy survivors by adding a donation page to iTunes this morning. From the iTunes homepage, you can access the donation page via a new button just under the new …

"We Are Ok" is Facebook's Top Term Following Sandy "We Are Ok" is Facebook's Top Term Following Sandy

Yesterday, as the east coast was preparing for Hurricane Sandy’s landfall, FEMA sent out a few tweets suggesting that those affected by the storm refrain from making voice calls on their cellphones. Instead, FEMA suggested that people text or better …

Asteroid DA14 Misses Earth In New Animated Video Asteroid DA14 Misses Earth In New Animated Video
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For those of you still fretting that Earth will get smacked with a 40 meter-wide asteroid next year even though reliable experts have said that these fears are overstated, here’s a computer-animated rendering of how exactly Earth won’t be in …

Google, World Bank To Improve Disaster Preparedness In Developing Countries Google, World Bank To Improve Disaster Preparedness In Developing Countries

Within a generation, we will no longer leave the house. We won’t need to. Mobility will become obsolete. Similar to our regard to the appendix and nipples on males, feet will become lumpy appendages whose purpose we no longer remember. …

See The Japan Earthquake / Tsunami Damage Through Before & After Street View See The Japan Earthquake / Tsunami Damage Through Before & After Street View

Back in March, a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused massive damage to a large part of eastern Japan. A few months later, Google announced that they would be driving their Street View cars around, taking photos of the damage. …

Tropical Storm Katia Tracks in Irene’s Footsteps, Finds Disaster Fatigue on Twitter Tropical Storm Katia Tracks in Irene’s Footsteps, Finds Disaster Fatigue on Twitter
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Hurricane season is far from over, but it seems as though people are already feeling the effects – I’m talking about disaster fatigue. A complicated concept, it involves any of the following symptoms: General apathy, specific apathy toward any discussion …

Mississippi Flood Photos from Google Maps Satellite Imagery Mississippi Flood Photos from Google Maps Satellite Imagery
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Google has put together a whole bunch of data and imagery from the Mississippi floods on Google Maps. On Google’s Lat Long Blog, Pete Giencke of the Google Crisis Response Team writes: Emerging as one of the worst flooding events …

Social Media Disasters: The Do’s and the Don’ts Social Media Disasters: The Do’s and the Don’ts
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There are numerous examples in which companies really messed up on social media. For instance, remember Apple’s Antennagate incident or BP’s response to the Gulf oil spill? Both of these incidents resulted in a negative outcry toward both companies on social media channels.

Google Steps In After San Bruno Explosion
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Google often steps in when disaster strikes, helping people in Chile, China, Haiti, and Pakistan (among many other places) to date.  And now that fire’s claimed several lives and many homes in San Bruno, California, the company’s trying to render assistance again.

BusinessWire Offers Free Haiti-Related Press Release Distribution

Popular press release distribution site BusinessWire, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway, is offering its services for free to companies and organizations who are contributing to the aid of victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Such companies can push out free news releases with offers pertaining to supporting services, information, operations, and events directly related to rescue and recovery efforts.

Google Launches Relief Site To Help Haiti
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Survivors of the earthquake in Haiti are going to receive help from Google in a big way.  On a new Support Disaster Relief site, Google’s released satellite imagery of the destruction to spread awareness, created a list of relevant charities to encourage donations, and promised to contribute $1 million of its own money, as well.

Six Flags Flooded in Atlanta – Videos on YouTube
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Have you ever seen what a flooded amusement park looks like? It’s quite a sight, and the web is getting a look as news of Atlanta, Georgia’s Six Flags park being under water buzzes around the web.

Videos have been posted to YouTube, Tweets are rolling in, and "six flags under water" is currently number one on Google’s Hot Trends list. Here’s a clip: