May 29, 2015
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
PEARL-- It seems as though everyone
has a smartphone or computer access these days and the Mississippi Emergency
Management Agency wants to encourage the use of mobile phone apps and social
networking during hurricanes to receive vital emergency information from local,
state and federal agencies.
a new world we live in, where we can share information instantaneously through
cell phones and social media outlets,” said MEMA Director Robert Latham. “While
it’s important for you to get the alerts and information, it’s equally vital
that you have a plan in place to take action..”
primarily uses Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as vehicles to get messages out,
in addition to the traditional avenues of public information like television
stations, newspapers and radio.
agency has more than 58,000 followers on Facebook, and more than 13,000 on
Twitter. The public can follow updates and receive tips instantaneously, via
twitter, by following the username MSEMA or visiting http://twitter.com/msema. On Facebook, search Mississippi Emergency Management
an example of the effectiveness of using social media, MEMA reached more than
2.5 million people on Facebook during Hurricane Isaac in 2012 with preparedness
messaging, real-time weather warnings and information of recovery efforts.
Mississippi county emergency management agencies are also using social media
and Director Latham encourages you to follow them for local information.
valuable uses of social media during emergencies:
- You can get information on your
cell phone even if the power is out.
- Use it to contact friends and
family to let them know your plans before a storm.
- After the storm, phone lines
may be down or jammed but text and data will be the best way to let people
know you are ok and where you are.
addition MEMA has a free mobile phone app available for android and iPhone
users in the various app stores.
Phil Bryant declared May 25-29 as Hurricane Preparedness Week in Mississippi.
more information about how to prepare for hurricane season, go to MEMA’s
website at www.msema.org and look
at the Mississippi Hurricane Guide or download the MEMA mobile app on your iOS
or Android device. The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” MEMA
on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter.