sorry to hurt your feelings social media, but these all be fake.
As Hurricane Sandy clobbered the the most populated region of the United States, many people took to social media and the Internet to receive and circulate information about what experts called a 100-year storm.
As is typically the case with natural disasters — especially in this digital age — viral photos quickly put a face on the catastrophe. However, it turns out many of the most popular images pinballing around the Internet during the storm were either fake or outdated. Even major media outlets got duped.
Hate to inform you but…
New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi joined Sting, Christina Aguilera and other music stars on Friday in a televised benefit concert to raise funds for victims of Sandy, the giant storm that killed more than 100 and devastated large sections of the U.S. Northeast.
Exclusive: The cast of Jersey Shore is reuniting for an MTV fundraiser to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Their effort will include a live one-hour special in which the Shore cast and other celebrity guests will encourage viewers to aid New Jersey relief efforts. Learn more about the show — and how you can help — here.
Stop what you’re doing. Look at these photos. Buzzfeed’s Matt Stopera has gathered 60 photos of the destruction from Hurricane Sandy. It is worse than you think it is. Stopera’s only commentary — “These people need help” — nails it.
(Above: Breezy Point, Queens. Photo by Spencer Platt / Getty Images)
Hurricane Sandy’s effects will be felt for a long time here in the Northeast- I lost power for about 4 days where I was but that pales in comparison to the people who lost their lives or their homes.
In addition to missing lights, warm water to bath and electricity, I also had a hankering for Net access. Luckily, my phone was pretty well charged and I was able to get online there. It’s too late to help most people who felt Sandy’s wrath now but for future reference, I wanted to share some info about twitter resources (which are great for timeliness) to take advantage of during a catastrophe like Sandy.
Here in the tri-state area, there are a bunch of Twitter accounts that have info about govt. announcements, power/utilities info and such that Twitter themselves collected on their blog.
Here’s some other important Twitter accounts to check out in a similar situation:
American Red Cross: https://twitter.com/RedCross
National Weather Service: https://twitter.com/usNWSgov
FEMA (already listed above but worth repeating): https://twitter.com/fema
Though it’s not social media related, I found this fine website put together by the city of San Francisco too, which helps you prepare when you know that some sort of big storm or disaster is on its way: http://72hours.org/