The Twitter world is quickly becoming incorporated into emergency management. After every recent disaster or impending crisis, it is now commonplace for Twitter users to tweet 140 characters of information, some accurate and others rumored. However, it is recognized that information that can be rapidly circulated can be beneficial to the emergency management industry.
“Following” the right agencies can assist company personnel in determining inbound threats, as well as potentially communicating specific needs after a crisis erupts. Below is a general list of specific agencies that may become information sources in case of an emergency.
The following national level twitter feeds may be beneficial:
- @FEMA - Provides FEMA mission-related information
- @HMSAT- The official microblog of the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, Hazard Administration Safety team
- @DHS.gov - Official page of Department of Homeland Security
- @NFPA -Communicates the latest National Fire Protection Association’s news on fire and line safety, code information, and research.
- @CNNbrk, @FOXNews, @CBSNews - National News Station of Choice
- @Regulationsgov - Regulations.Gov official page that communicates the ability to be part of the federal decision making process
- @CDCEmergency - Center for Disease Control’s official page to prepare and respond to public health emergencies.
- @EPAgov - News, tips, links, conversations by the Environmental Protection Agency
- @NHC_Atlantic - Provides analysis, forecasts, warnings of hazardous tropical weather from the National Hurricane Center
- @NSC - National Safety Council provides information to prevent injuries at the worksite, in homes and communities, and on the road.
- @USNOAAGOV - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aims to provide science, safety, and stewardship to protect life and property and conserve and protect natural resources.
- @LLIS - Department of Homeland Security’ Lessons Learned, is an online network of emergency managers and lessons learned.
Companies should seek out local response groups that utilize Twitter in order to garner location specific details of a crisis or disaster. Below are examples of location-based resources:
- @Portof_Houston- Port of Houston
- @CALFIRE NEWS - California Fire News
- @NYSEMO - New York State Office of Emergency Management
- @AlabamaBeaches - Alabama Gulf Coast
- @FEMAREGION5 - FEMA Region 5
- @USGS_EQ_CA - USGS Earthquake California
- @ArkansasTornado - AR Tornado Warnings
- @COEmergency - The Colorado Division of Emergency Management
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