This year marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Since then, there have been drastic improvements in mobile technology and we have seen wireless connectivity skyrocket.
New mobile technology aids those responding to emergencies in the field as well as allows local, state, and federal agencies to better communicate with one another. According to a Wired article— the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has an app that has been downloaded over 200,000 times. With more consumers purchasing smartphones, social networking on mobile devices has become incredibly easy to do. FEMA uses its Facebook and Twitter pages to reach at-risk populations and gather information when disaster strikes. According to Pew Research Center:
- Nearly 40% of Americans social networking sites on their phone,
- 40% of Americans using their phones to access government services; and,
- 68% using them to keep track of breaking news events.
Today, consumers utilize mobile connectivity to prepare and respond to emergencies better than we could a decade ago.
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