This article from the Huffington Post has me thinking about Twitter and social media's role in communicating disaster information to the masses. It seems like a lot of people got their information on Hurricane Sandy from Twitter, specifically from the Red Cross, Government Officials, and other non-profit's accounts. Twitter even set up an event page, normally reserved for advertisers, in the wake of the event.
I think it'd be interesting to do some research on the effectiveness of Twitter as a disaster communication platform. Did Twitter do a better job of informing NE residents of storm safety and aftermath help than the news? Particularly for the people who had their power out, I'd like to know if they relied on their phones instead or radios?
A quick survey to these residents could give insight about their use of social media for news, especially in the event of power failure. A focus group would prove helpful too, and would alleviate some of the stress associated with talking about such a disaster. Being in a group of people who went through similar situations may help them to open up and give valuable responses that could be used by governments and disaster-relief organizations in the future.