Delaware County Emergency Officials Encourage Residents To Tweet


UPDATED: Tuesday December 11, 2012 6:02 PM

When severe weather hits, the Delaware County Emergency Management Agency wants to know what residents are seeing.

Emergency officials are asking residents to turn to Twitter to connect with them.

Sean Miller, the deputy director for the county's EMA, said that Twitter could be a useful tool in a disaster situation.

He said that if users enable Twitter's geo-tag feature, he and others with the agency could quickly access the location where the Tweet was sent.

"If we know people are without power in Radnor or in Ashley, we know we have potential Red Cross shelters, and we would want to select a Red Cross shelter so people can get to it easily but one that is not affected by the power outage," Miller said.

EMA officials said that social networking is not a substitute for 911 in a true emergency.

For everything else, though, Miller asked residents to tweet away.

The Delaware County EMA plans to hold an emergency operations training on Friday from 1-3 p.m. and is encoring residents to Tweet at that time.

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