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Can Social Media save Victims of Hurricane Harvey?

Updated on September 1, 2017

Have you helped efforts of Hurricane Harvey?

Have you helped efforts of Hurricane Harvey?

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Hurricane Harvey

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The Wreckage

Even Hurricane Harvey's lovable name can't save it now... but maybe something else can? We can all remember that back in 2005, Katrina caused so many loss jobs, terror, damage and death. Over 1800 were victims of the hurricane who would never return to their loved ones due to the fatality of the natural disaster. Hurricane Harvey has been rumoured to be the worst storm to hit the United States since Katrina, but things have changed in the past 12 years.


Now, nearly everyone is equipped with some sort of social media-using device due to technology. Things appear on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as soon as they happen in real life. This can be useful for victims to hear updates and communicate with the outside world. This gives them a sense of safety that victims from Katrina never had.

Meteorologist Jeff Linder

This has been the first event where social media has been utilized heavily during a large national disaster.

Donations and Social Media

Another form that social media has helped victims of Hurricane Harvey is through the people spreading its disaster. Youtubers have actively gone to social media to plea for donations to the cause as well as promote others to help by going to the wreckage themselves. Well-known, highly controversial Youtuber Jake Paul had recently made a video about his actively participation to the event and even took to Twitter to ask fans to help him fill two large U-Hauls to bring to the relief. Love or hate him, at least his actions are positively contributing to the lives of those who need our help.

What may this say about our future? We may be able to use social media for many more positive projects and collect support in a faster and easier manner. Though there are many superficial aspects still present in social media, at least it's made a relatively positive impact for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Donate

I've personally donated $100 so far and am trying to donate $35 every week (Only $5 a day! That's just missing out on daily coffee). You can too to show you're support. I donate to the Canadian Red Cross but there are numerous options out there for you to help.

Wreckage from Harvey

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