In addition, 80% of the general public and 69% of the online population in the survey “believe that national emergency response organizations should regularly monitor social media sites in order to respond promptly,” according to the release.
But respondents are not yet as willing to have safety information automatically sent to them, according to the survey. Only 6% of respondents would definitely sign up for e-mails, text alerts or other applications to get safety information and 21% probably would, according to the report. Twenty percent might or might not sign up for such information; 27% said they probably would not; and 23% definitely would not. Three percent said they didn't know if they would or would not.
The two polls of 1,011 telephone respondents and 1,046 online respondents, all 18 or older, were conducted June 23-27 by ORC International on behalf of the Red Cross.