Thirty-six percent of surveyed U.S. adults said they would expect help to arrive in less than an hour if they posted a request for emergency assistance on a social media website, according to a recent survey by the American Red Cross.
The survey found that 40% of surveyed U.S. adults would expect emergency assistance to arrive within one to three hours of posting a request for help on a social media website. Four percent of surveyed U.S. adults said they would expect help to arrive in four to six hours and 6% said they would expect help to arrive in more than six hours. Fourteen percent of surveyed U.S. adults said they did not know how long it would take help to arrive.
The survey is based on a nationally representative online poll of 1,017 U.S. adults and a telephone survey of 1,018 U.S. adults. Both surveys were conducted between June 14 and June 17.
Source: American Red Cross, "Social Media in Disasters and Emergencies"