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Vladimir M. Cvetkovic
Aleksandra Nikolic
Aleksandar Ivanov


Social media informs the public about the most important events and conveys important information. Before, during, and after disasters, social media are used to disseminate information about disasters and collect data relevant to the implementation of preparedness, response, and recovery activities and measures. Social networks are effective in disseminating information and warnings, as well as in educating the public. The subject of the research is examining the influence of demographic factors on the effectiveness of social media in informing the public about the risks of disasters. Using an online survey questionnaire and according to the snowball principle, a survey of 247 respondents was conducted in 2022. The research results show no statistically significant relationship between the respondents’ education level and the assessment of the effectiveness of social media reporting on disasters. Using social media can improve communication between stakeholders in disaster management and facilitate coordination of efforts, fostering communication and allocation of resources. To effectively use social media in disaster management, decision-makers in the disaster management system must be aware of new technologies, their disadvantages and advantages, and ways to collect and analyze data from social networks. 


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Cvetkovic, Vladimir M., Aleksandra Nikolic, and Aleksandar Ivanov. 2023. “THE ROLE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE PROCESS OF INFORMING THE PUBLIC ABOUT DISASTER RISKS”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 9 (2):104-19.
Author Biographies

Vladimir M. Cvetkovic, Faculty of Security Studies, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Vladimir M. Cvetkovic is Assoc. Prof. (Disaster Risk Management) at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Security, and has been engaged in research in the field of disaster studies for 15 years. He has published over 250 research papers and 20 scientific monographs. He is the founder of the Scientific Professional Society for Disaster Risk Management in Serbia, the International Institute for Disaster Research, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Management.

Aleksandra Nikolic, International Institute for Disaster Research - Belgrade, Serbia

Aleksandra Nikolic graduated from primary school and secondary school of Economics (majoring in law and administration) in Koceljeva. She entered the Faculty of Security in 2016, where she defended her graduation thesis in 2020 with a grade of 10 and earned the title of graduate security manager.

Aleksandar Ivanov, Faculty of Security - Skopje, University St. Kliment Ohridski in Bitola, North Macedonia

Aleksandar Ivanov is a Associate Professor (Environmental Security and International Relations) at the University St. Kliment Ohridski in Bitola, Faculty of Security - Skopje and has been engaged in research and international projects for 15 years.