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JDR Vol.16 No.1 pp. 48-55
(2021)
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2021.p0048

Paper:

Social Media: New Trends in Emergency Information

Changchun Feng*, Kabilijiang Umaier*,†, Takaaki Kato**, and Qiushan Li*

*Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction (IDMR), Sichuan University–The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
No.122 Huanghe Middle Road Section 1, Shuangliu District, Chengdu, China

Corresponding author

**Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Received:
September 1, 2020
Accepted:
December 21, 2020
Published:
January 30, 2021
Keywords:
COVID-19, emergency information, emergency management, social media
Abstract

At the end of 2019, during the outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese government and media used social media extensively to release emergency information. Once this information was released, it immediately attracted significant public attention. This study used a questionnaire survey to determine social media users’ habits during the COVID-19 outbreak. The results indicated that in the case of community closure during sudden public health events, the majority of respondents use social media to obtain information to understand the development trends of an epidemic, the government’s emergency strategy, scientific epidemic prevention knowledge, and accurate information. Based on the survey results, this study considers the value of social media for emergency information, which is both a tool and a new trend in information dissemination in the context of emergencies.

Cite this article as:
Changchun Feng, Kabilijiang Umaier, Takaaki Kato, and Qiushan Li, “Social Media: New Trends in Emergency Information,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.16, No.1, pp. 48-55, 2021.
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