Tweeting up for humanitarian emergencies

  • Edmond Fernandes Founder & CEO, Center for Health and Development, (CHD Group), Mangaluru
  • Avinika Agarwal Research Assistant, Center for Health and Development, (CHD Group), Mangaluru


Twitter came into existence in March 2006 and thus begun the onslaught of social media which slowly percolated into the minds and hearts of citizens around the world. Twitter has been inconsistent in verifying legitimate accounts inspite of requests which add to confusion. There are perception problems that twitter and other social media problems suffer from that journalists and politicians are somehow more authentic than rest of the world and are more responsible than others. Reforms in this regard remain necessary and important. Social media dramatically alters the emergency communication by making the information flow in multiple directions. Through social media and web pages a wide range of relevant information can be made available to the public. Such emergency information will help those who are under prepared for an incidence. Life-saving directives at the beginning or during the incident would save many. India’s disaster risk reduction system need to go a long way and many states in India can comprehend little about the risk and rewards involved. On the same note, channelizing DRR in social media and tweeting it up, needs regulation and responsibility too.

How to Cite
Fernandes, E., & Agarwal, A. (2017). Tweeting up for humanitarian emergencies. International Journal of Perceptions in Public Health, 1(3), 160-161. Retrieved from
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