Queensland Floods: Facebook and Twitter Help Victims Recover

January 12, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015
The Queensland Police Service and other pages on Facebook offer regular updates and support for flood affected areas. (Facebook.com)
The Queensland Police Service and other pages on Facebook offer regular updates and support for flood affected areas. (Facebook.com)

Queensland flood victims and supporters are turning to social networking sites to seek information and offer assistance as widespread flooding sweeps through the state’s southeast.

Due to the urgent need for information, people have turned to Facebook and Twitter for support, to find loved ones or to lend a hand.

Requests for support on a Toowoomba flood-related Facebook page ranged from seeking missing persons to navigation directions.

“Is there any way someone could get from Lowood to Toowoomba?? I can get a friend n her partner n son flown down but the only place to land is Toowoomba 🙁   They have lost everything.”

A reply said: “I’d suggest seeing if anyone’s got the space to billet them in Toowoomba until it’s safe, alternatively I know Grammar School is taking flood victims.”

Others offered support in the form of encouraging and pledging donations.

“I challenge everyone on my friends list to go to coles and donate as little as $3 will make a difference, take a photo of your receipt and make it your profile picture … Please Repost … and keep it goin,” one person posted on Facebook.

“I am going to donate $1 for every RT of this message for the #qldfloods. Please retweet! #prayforAustralia We’re with you. #Staystrong xoxo,” posted another on Twitter.

The Queensland Police Service have posted regular updates on the flood on their official Facebook page, which members of the public have been using as a notice board.

“I know I am a long way from you guys, but I feel a need to help… If you need accommodation in Sydney and you can get to me. I have an extra two rooms to share … I will pick you up from the airport … I am near Camden … You are more than welcome,” one wrote on their Facebook page.

Other support pages include the Toowoomba-Darling-Downs-Flood-Photos-Info Facebook page and the QLD Disaster Management Website.