Social media as a tool in flow of storm information

From Facebook updates on severe weather to mobile apps directing victims to shelters during times of disaster, social media are becoming an integral part of emergency preparedness and response.

Relief groups such as the Red Cross and local government emergency response departments are increasingly using the power of social media to disseminate potentially lifesaving information when disaster strikes.

When Tropical Storm Beryl began dumping the first inches of what turned out to be more than a foot of rain on Northeast Florida last week, Jacksonville’s National Weather Service used Facebook to provide information to residents. It included where to find official forecast resources, maps and weather condition updates… Read more

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