The Gulf Coast oil spill tragedy has a horrific effect on both our economy and the environment. This disaster opened up the door for many businesses and nonprofit organizations to aid in the relief effort. One of the most recent tools utilized in relief efforts is social media. With this said, there are some major efforts geared toward cleaning up this mess and delivering support to those in the local coastal areas via social media.
The first social media tool being used is The Oil Reporter App, which was launched by Crisis Commons. This app equips users to help with the recovery effort by using real-time check-ins to report what they are viewing onsite. Individuals can upload photos and videos in order to report oil, harmed wildlife sightings, and other issues that they may have run into.
The next major relief effort is brought forth by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. The foundation is utilizing social media in order to help the local fishermen that are suffering during this time. They are using YouTube videos, Twitter, Facebook, and blogs to get the message out there concerning actual stories. The funds from this are being used to help Louisiana’s displaced fisherman, who produce approximately one-third of U.S. seafood.
The National Wildlife Federation is also taking action by organizing local teams. This federation is using social media as a tool in organizing the local and online volunteers that would like to help. They offer many options for volunteers such as working with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, cleaning up the coast, spotting wildlife in distress, and using their own personal social media sites to promote the volunteer action.
With this tragedy affecting our country, we are all looking for ways to help. If you know any other social media tools that could help in this effort, let us know!