Infographic: Smart Social Media in a Crisis

Image_SocialMediaSocial networks can be a great tool for getting information out in an emergency — if you do it right.

That’s where this helpful infographic from the National Weather Service of Norman, OK, comes in handy. The quick list of tips for tweeting responsibly in severe weather recommends always including:


  • What you saw
  • Where you saw it
  • What time it happened, and
  • A picture if you have it.

Most important, though, is making smart choices about what you send. In an emergency, warnings and reports are highly perishable, and misinformation can get out all too quickly. So, if you’re not sure about the source of an image or warning, think twice about sending it out to your people.

Want more info on social media best practices? The Department of Homeland Security has released a detailed, 44-page PDF reportoutlining the best uses of social media to enhance situational awareness during major events.

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