During the past 20 years, humanitarian professionals around the world have turned to ReliefWeb as their go-to source for information in responding to a disaster or crisis. Several of our users told us why.
Brian Kelly, Regional Advisor for Asia and the Pacific, Emergency and Post-Crisis Unit, International Organization for Migration (IOM):
ReliefWeb has created this niche where if people know that if they get their information there, others are going to read it. Others are going to be able to plan their own decision making, and they’re going to be able to plan their response based on that information. Implementers use it. Donors use it. More and more so, people affected by disasters use it. Because it’s the place where people know information will be used, it’s a place where people want to put their information.Read more
In 2015, ReliefWeb covered 88 natural disasters, with the Nepal earthquakes the most significant. Within minutes of the first quake, on 25 April, photographs and commentary about the disaster were posted on Twitter, providing real-time updates for victims and relief workers alike, in a good example of the potentially life-saving power of social media.
Twitter has just turned ten and has to date clocked up 300 million followers - of whom a large number live in disaster zones and could be potential sources of information should a catastrophe strike. At ReliefWeb, our editors strive to filter through those news items so that our users don't have to, providing only the most vital and accurate updates in the course of a disaster, and that increasingly includes social media.Read more
Hundreds of natural disasters occur each year. According to UNOCHA’s World Humanitarian Data and Trends, natural disasters affected more than 124.5 million people worldwide in 2012. Having access to timely and relevant information is key for humanitarians to be prepared and effective in response.Read more