submitted to EISIC 2013, European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference, Uppsala, Sweden, August 2013
In this paper we describe the role of media in the context of natural disasters. Traditional media have a long history in covering disasters. They are a major provider of information in times of disaster and will remain so in the future. In recent years, however there has been a significant change: information about natural disasters has increasingly been disseminated on a large scale on social media platforms. These media provide additional and complementary angles on events and, combined with traditional media, provide a more complete spectrum of coverage. Cross-media information combined with multi-lingual data provides opportunities for first-responders and decision makers to gain improved situational aware ness and allow for improved disaster relief, support, mitigation and resilience measures.