Emergency responders look to Twitter to spread news

Would you pay attention to tweets sent out by fire departments regarding emergency situations? Many are already getting on the social media platform. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – FILE

Members of the York Daily Record, primarily photographer Jason Plotkin, visual editor Eileen Joyce and myself (night cops reporter) have been meeting with local fire departments to teach them the basics of Twitter as they begin to look to social media to spread the word about emergency situations.

Months ago, we met with fire officials in Stewartstown and went over the basics of Twitter — how to set up an account, what a hashtag means and the sorts of things people are looking for on Twitter.

Once some of these departments get up and running, they are setting up their own social media policies to determine who has access to the accounts and what information they plan to tweet to their followers.

Jason, Eileen and I had another meeting at the county’s fire school Thursday night and spoke with about 10 fire officials, many who have already thought about getting Twitter accounts, but hadn’t set anything up yet.

You might already follow some of the fire departments that are on Facebook, but do you think you’d follow your local department on Twitter?

Here’s some departments that are already on Twitter and how they decide to use the platform:

About Rebecca Hanlon

Rebecca Hanlon is the health reporter with a religion sub beat at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Follow her on Twitter @mrsbeccahanlon or on Facebook at facebook.com/byrebeccahanlon.
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