Over the past two years, dozens of organizations used Facebook's Data for Good products to improve wellbeing and save lives. Their most profound applications include disaster preparedness projects, vaccination campaigns, and effective deployment of services during times of natural disaster.
Where People Went Before, During, and After Hurricane Laura, Amid Pandemic
Direct Relief, as in past natural disasters, is working with Facebook’s Data for Good team to analyze the movement of populations prior to and following the storm’s landfall. Comparing mobility patterns to a baseline figure allows Direct Relief and other disaster response agencies to glean useful information, including whether evacuation orders were heeded, which areas received higher concentrations of evacuees, and which communities saw more people sheltering in place.
Using social media to measure demographic responses to natural disaster: Insights from a large-scale Facebook survey following the 2019 Australia Bushfires
In this paper we explore a novel method for collecting survey data following a natural disaster and then combine this data with device-derived mobility information to explore demographic outcomes. Using social media as a survey platform for measuring demographic outcomes, especially those that are challenging or expensive to field for, is increasingly of interest to the demographic community.
Private Sources of Mobility Data Under COVID-19
We explore the behavior and inter-relations of private sources of mobility data in the context of Spain. This country represents a good experimental setting because of its large and fast pandemic peak, and for its implementation of a sustained, generalized lockdown. We find private mobility sources to be both correlated and complementary. Using them, we evaluate the efficiency of implemented policies, and provide a insights into what new normal means in Spain.
The Evolving Nature of Disaster Management in the Internet and Social Media Era
Traditional means for contacting emergency responders depend critically on the availability of the 911 service to request help. Affected citizens are increasingly using social media to obtain and disseminate information. Social media is not only being used to communicate with first responders but also for people to organically volunteer and seek help from each other, complementing the role of first responders. Our analysis indicates that social media can potentially help in disaster management and improve outcomes.
How Social Ties Influence Hurricane Evacuation Behavior
Natural disasters carry enormous costs every year, both in terms of lives and materials. We use social media data to examine connections between levels of social capital and evacuation behavior. This work is the first of its kind, examining these phenomena across three major disasters in the United States—Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria—using aggregated, de-identified data from over 1.5 million Facebook users.
Aggregate Insights for Crisis Response & Recovery
In this paper, we describe the data and methodology that power Facebook Disaster Maps. These maps utilize information about Facebook usage in areas impacted by natural hazards, producing aggregate pictures of how the population is affected by and responding to the hazard. The maps include insights into evacuations, cell network connectivity, access to electricity, and long-term displacement.