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Social Media To The Rescue For Tornado Victims

by Lori Taylor · 0 comments

social media helps tornado victimsIn what I consider the best use of social media so far, there is a new Facebook fan page devoted to reuniting people with things that might have been blown away by the recent rash of tornadoes across the southern United States. The page is called: Pictures and Documents found after the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes
The idea is to post photos of items which were recovered after the storm but whose owners could not be found. Mostly we’re talking about family photos, scraps of paper, books, canceled checks, personal documents of all sorts. These things are drifting down to earth miles from where the winds sucked them p and people just don’t know how to get them home again. By posting photos of these items on Facebook, they are using the power of social media to make match.
So far, more than 50,000 people have clicked the “like” button, 2,000 items have been posted and 40 have been re-united with their owners. I feel confident even more matches will be made as more people find out about the site and more items are posted.
But even if just a handful are returned, the joy something as small as a black and white photo can bring to the family who lost everything is worth every minute it took to post it online and a great use of social media.

A Facebook page set up last Thursday helps citizens recover pictures and other memorable items lost in last week’s tornadoes.

Patty Bullion of Lester, Ala. found that several photographs had blown into her yard during the storm and created “Pictures and Documents found after the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes,” so she could facilitate the return of valuable family memories to their rightful owners. The page asks users to post pictures of what they found along with “a brief description of how someone can find you if they identify pictures or items that belong to them.”

Nearly 2,000 photos have been posted since the page was created. As of last Friday, just a day after the page went live, more than 40 items had been identified and claimed, the AP reports.

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