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Social media and hurricane preparedness

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
May 25, 2011 at 12:25 a.m.


The Victoria Advocate is your reliable source for news. In the event a natural disaster occurs, we want to keep you up to date with the latest information.

You can go to victoriaadvocate.com/ hurricanecentral for 24/7/365 regional and national coverage.

"Everything you need to know about hurricanes is on Hurricane Central," said Shawn Willmon from the Victoria Advocate.

The senior web developer also said anything in the Gulf is local because it could affect the readership. Local news will be updated as soon as it is received. The national feeds are updated as wire stories.

Editor Chris Cobler said social media is a new resource available to the community, "We have social media tools to communicate effectively," he said.

The editor said the Advocate reaches nine out of 10 readers in the county, and seven out of 10 in the region.

"We're essential in times of emergency," Cobler added.

We have a Facebook and twitter page. Plus we have a blog. You can follow the Advocate on twitter@Vicadvocate. Use the #txstorm hash tag, to keep the trend going.

Be Accurate: It's important to be right and concise. In a natural disaster, it is essential not to over exaggerate the situation. If you know where you are, give a location. You can easily add them to your tweets. If possible, try to take pictures or shoot video, save the file, and share on Twitter. Please do not put yourself in danger, we still want you to be safe. Use the official #/txtstorm hash tag to avoid inaccurate tweets. You only have 140 characters, so choose your words wisely.

Conserve your cell power: The cell phone can be a great resource to stay connected with family and friends. However, some smart phones do not have the best battery life. Use it when you need it. Some options have a bedside mode. It could save your phone.

Stay Connected: Social media can be useful to let others know about affected areas during a hurricane. It can serve as a warning to the badly devastated areas. Social media is a communication platform. You can let loved ones know how you are doing and help others avoid potential disaster.

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