Internet Played Key Role in Katrina Relief Effort and As News Source

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on November 25, 2005

Press release: “In the aftermath of the Gulf Coast Hurricanes, 13 million Americans made donations to relief efforts online and 7 million set up their own hurricane relief efforts using the internet. In addition to using the internet to respond directly to the crisis, 50% of online users sought out news and information online, with most (73%) of their newsgathering happening at Web sites of the mainstream media. Sources such as blogs and international news sites served as important news supplements, with one quarter of those who got Katrina news online turning to one of these sources.”

  • Relief donations after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the use of the internet to get disaster news (6 pages, PDF)
  • WSJ free feature: An overwhelming majority of Americans say they have contributed to charities in the last year, a Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive personal-finance poll shows, with nearly half of them contributing to disaster relief.
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