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Emergency-response organization utilization of social media during a disaster: A case study of the 2013 Seoul floods
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  • Journal title : Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia
  • Volume 14, Issue 2,  2015, pp.5-15
  • Publisher : World Association for Triple hElix and Future strategy studies
  • DOI : 10.17477/jcea.2015.14.2.005
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Emergency-response organization utilization of social media during a disaster: A case study of the 2013 Seoul floods
Kim, Ji Won; Kim, Yonghee; Suran, Melissa;
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A growing number of studies have examined the relevance and impact of social media in building organizational resilience, which the ability to recover from a crisis, in the field of emergency management. However, few studies have assessed how these emergency response organizations perceive their own use of social media in crisis situations. In attempting to fill this gap, this study conducted a structured survey with emergency-response organization representatives in Seoul, South Korea, to examine how such organizations evaluate their utilization of social media in an urban emergency situation and how their social media uses are related to promoting organizational resilience during adverse events such as a flood. Overall, the findings imply that organizations are not yet taking full advantage of social media. Respondent evaluations of their own social media use in all three assessment areas-information provision, information dissemination, and emotional messages-were not satisfactory. However, their perceptions of how well they utilize social media were positively related to how they view their organizational resilience. Therefore, it may be that these organizations realize the powerful role of social media in building organizational resilience but lack the knowledge and experience to make the best use of social media services.
crisis communication;social media;emergency response organizations;organizational resilience;urban emergency management;
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