Post by: Rishi Chandiramani
Residents of Staten Island’s North Shore jumped into action, using Smart phones and community-focused social networks to mobilize help. Some examples ranged from appeals for donations of desperately needed food and clothing to offers of shelter for displaced families. As FEMA and the Red Cross slowly gear up to provide assistance to hard hit areas, community-minded residents have stepped up and filled the gap, big time.
A few examples of how ordinary Staten Islanders are stepping up to help neighbors whose lives have been turned upside-down in Sandy’s aftermath are listed below:
One Staten Island resident wrote this to her social-network neighbors on Friday: “Just called the Target Home Depot (in Concord) and they still have bags, gloves, et al. I’m going to take a run down there to pick up some to donate — anyone want to carpool on down?”
She continued to post “They are still taking these donations at Rabs Lanes on Hylan, so I’ll be heading down there eventually — let me know if you have stuff to donate.”
Another SI resident posted this generous message on Friday as well: “If anyone is in need of a warm shower, a hot meal, or a place to lay their head, we have power and are willing to take in anyone in need.”
It is great to see how people have figured out ways to provide real time help through the use of social media platforms.
Question to the class: Have you, or someone you know, utilized social media in order to help or receive help from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy?