This survey is administered by Natalie Austin, student researcher in the Department of Humanities, McMaster University. The survey is open to Canadians who monitored or participated in Facebook and/or Twitter regarding the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires, during the fires themselves. The purpose of the survey is to examine the role of 'sense of community' in an individual's motivation to use social media in a disaster situation. What we learn from this survey will help public relations and communications practitioners who provide assistance during disasters better prepare to meet the needs of the public when disasters happen.
To learn more about the survey and the researcher’s study, particularly in terms of any associated risks or harms associated with the survey, how confidentiality and anonymity will be handled, withdrawal procedures, how to obtain information about the survey’s results, how to find helpful resources should the survey make you uncomfortable or upset etc., please read the accompanying letter of information. letter of information.
This survey should take approximately ten minutes or less. People filling out this survey must be 18 years of age or older.
This survey is part of a study that has been reviewed and cleared by the McMaster Research Ethics Board
(MREB). The MREB protocol number associated with this survey is 2017 095.
You are free to complete this survey or not. If you have any concerns or questions about your rights as a participant or about the way the study is being conducted, please contact:
McMaster Research Ethics Secretariat
Telephone 1-(905) 525-9140 ext. 23142
c/o Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS)