#Hashtag Standard: A Universal Guide for Disaster Recovery & Emergency Response
Today everyone has a cell phone, even the poor. This advantage is allowing the public to use Twitter for real-time data information exchange. To date civilians have already been providing support during a variety of crises like wildfires, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, political protests, shootings and communicable-disease tracking.
The Ebola Challenge can benefit and enhance its existing lines of communication & data tracking by encouraging proactive standardization & the use of hashtags. Hashtags can help health officials better leverage crowdsourced information for operational planning, response, tracking and containment.
Streamlining & tailoring health care emergency response hashtags can facilitate this process in real time.
Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children, Red Cross, UN, WFP, Tony Banbury, hospitals and Ebola emergency response teams should encourage the standardization of hashtags: For starters #Ebola, a public/civilian/NGO reporting hashtag, an emergency response hashtag, country, team member (burial and other roles) and need (food, orphaned kids). Each hashtag is intended to fulfil a specific role, including ensuring the continuity of information; public tracking
of needs, people and supplies; and providing a platform to facilitate direct assistance.
For more information on how the
United Nations Office for the Coordinatian of Humanitarian Affairs is handling Hashtag Standards for Emergency Situations please click here.