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Friday, August 29, 2008

Gustav: Staying Up-To-Date!


Thanks to technology and things like Twitter we are all able to stay connected better than ever. This is no different for staying up-to-date on the latest with Hurricane Gustav.

Twitter is becoming a great resource during catastrophic events. During the recent earth quake in California people were alerted about damage and the actual quake before the Media even had a chance to jump on it. This is turning anyone into an on the scene reporter in a sense. It's also allowing information to travel much faster.

Twitter is already being used to track information on Gustav. The Home Depot is using their account to keep customers up to date on the latest shipments of supplies to their stores. Newspapers and other forms of Media are keeping their audience up to date as soon as information is available. Not, to mention the thousand other twitterers who are just average joes.

I plan on twittering everything during the hurricane if it hits. When Katrina hit we never lost cell phone service. Even if I couldn't make a phone call I was able to send out a text message. We also bought battery boosters and battery cranker's to keep our phones charged (available at Wal-Mart). If you do plan on twittering during Gustav remember to #Gustav it so it will be tracked (MEMA will be tracking the tweets this way).

Here are some resources to stay up to date with the latest info before, after, and during the storm:

MEMA has a sign up to receive text messages, e-mails, and phone calls on important alerts on their website http://www.msema.org/

Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) has a phone number that you can call to listen to NPR the number is: 601-326-1184 or check out the site http://www.mpbonline.org

If you are on Twitter (An account is free if you haven't signed up) Here is a list of people I suggest you follow:
@hurricanes2008
@TheHomeDepot
@clarionledger
@sunherald
@redcross
@MPBOnline

Those are just a few off the top of my head. If you know of any others please post them in a comment so people can follow them.

Be Safe Everyone!
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