Can social media help us in emergency situations?

Social media has changed many aspects of how we live and interact with each other, but can it (or should it) change the way we behave in an emergency movie Rosetta?

A cell-phone or, better yet, a smartphone, is a powerful tool that can be used to save a life. Downloadable first-aid apps, being able to speed-dial an emergency line and even using a GPS to locate the nearest hospital or clinic are all things you can use in the case of a dire emergency.

Facebook and Twitter

Even Facebook and Twitter have their uses: in the case of a break-in at your home, it’s vital to contact the police or your security service first, but if you have access to Facebook on your phone, leaving a small “help, there’s a robber in the house and I’m locked in the toilet” message as a status could alert other people who might come over to investigate.

If you’ve been injured, your telephone line isn’t working or you can’t speak in fear of being found, a Twitter update or Facebook status could alert other people so they can contact the authorities on your behalf.

Make The Right Call First

Social media is a novel way for people to ask for help, but remember: it should never be your first port of call. In an emergency, make sure you call an ambulance or the police first, before posting about it online. Keep all the relevant emergency numbers on your phone on speed dial, and also in an accessible place like next to your telephone or on the fridge.

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If you want easy access to all the emergency numbers, print this infographic.