Communications available during natural disasters

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

June 17, 2014 at 1:17 a.m.

In the event of a natural disaster, social media and a functioning radio are key to remaining informed.

Jeb Lacey, Victoria County emergency management coordinator, said he recommends following the City of Victoria's Facebook page for the latest updates.

"Social media is a very valuable tool," Lacey said. "It allows for the public to receive and share information."

However, Lacey said to steer on the side of caution when sharing information with others.

"People should only share information that they have verified as coming from a reputable source, especially during a major disaster," Lacey said. "Unfortunately, people can make the wrong decision based on an inaccurate rumor, which can have a devastating effect."

The Victoria Advocate's Facebook page will also have updates as a natural disaster unfolds. To receive updates and share your photos, use hashtag #victoriahurricane on Twitter or Facebook.

News over the radio will also be available through all radio and TV stations, which will be fed alerts through FM 108 KIXS, our area's primary radio station for emergency alerts, said Jeff Lyons, station vice president and manager.

"During an emergency, our air waves are fed to all other television and radio stations, which then rebroadcast the message," Lyons said. "Having a radio is essential during natural disasters."

Alejandro Camacho, Department of Public Safety district coordinator for the Texas Division of Emergency Management in Victoria, said to call the Texas Department of Transportation's mainline for road conditions at 800-452-9292.

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