LSU to receive grant to study use of social media in times of emergency

Courtesy: MGN Online
Courtesy: MGN Online
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WASHINGTON (David Vitter News Release) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) announced that Louisiana State University will be the recipient of ‎a $834,585 grant awarded by the National Science Foundation to fund research that will determine the capabilities of social media to assist in the various stages of emergency management, which include mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

“With the increasing prominence of social media in our everyday lives it is imperative that we ‎utilize these methods of information dissemination in a manner that achieves the advantages it may have for our society,” Vitter said. “Louisiana will continue being prone to natural disasters, and we need to be prepared for anything.”

This grant will provide data that will help develop more proficient social media campaigns that promote resilience to natural disasters. The research will also examine methods to increase the accuracy of collected information from sources such as Twitter that is related to disasters and emergency situations.