There has been increased interest in and use of social media by emergency managers. Yet, there has been little evaluation of the trustworthiness and reliability of the information sent and received during emergencies and disasters. We invite you to participate in this survey so that we may learn more about these issues. The purpose of this questionnaire is to better understand the use of social media and attitudes and experiences relevant to the accuracy, quality, reliability, and trustworthiness of information shared during emergencies and disasters. The research is part of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (ndptc.hawaii.edu) funded by FEMA which develops and delivers training courses to increase safety, security, and resilience of communities exposed to natural and man-made hazards and threats.
Involvement: If you participate in this research project, we will ask you to fill an online survey about your experience of using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. in disaster management and emergency response. It will take about 20 minutes to complete.
Benefits and Risks: There may be no direct benefits or risks to the respondent in participating in this survey. The results of this survey will help researchers to assess to what extent members of emergency management and disaster response communities use and trust information shared over social media.
Voluntary Participation: Your participation in this project is voluntary. If you do not wish to answer a particular question, you may skip that question. If you do not wish to complete the survey, you may exit the survey at any time and your answers will not be recorded. The research protocol has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the University of Hawaii.
Privacy and Confidentiality: At the end of the survey, you will be asked to provide your age, gender, email and phone number. This information will be available only to the research team and will be used as identifiers and control variables to judge the reliability of the results. All data will be kept confidential and in a secure database. Other agencies with legal permission, including the University of Hawaii Human Studies Program, have the right to review research records. The results of this survey will be used in reports and publications, and may be shared with participating organizations and individuals upon request, although no personal identifiers will be provided to these entities.
Questions: If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at 808-956-0600; or email Dr Pradip Pant (email@example.com), Mr. Eric Yamashita (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr. Jiwnath Ghimire (email@example.com).
You may contact the UH Human Studies Program at (808) 956-5007 or firstname.lastname@example.org. to discuss problems, concerns and questions; obtain information; or offer input with an informed individual who is unaffiliated with the specific research protocol. Please visit https://www,hawaii.edu/researchcompliance/information-research-participants for more information on your rights as a research participant.
Completing the survey will be considered your consent to participate in this study.