ATLANTA — Social media technology is making it easier to share information, and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency-Office of Homeland Security (GEMA-OHS) is now using these new tools to reach out to more Georgians with important information about disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
GEMA is posting its press releases, one-minute weather update, disaster situation reports and other information on Twitter. This free microblogging service enables users to send short text messages 140 characters in length, called “tweets,” to “followers.”
The short format of the tweet is a defining characteristic of the service, allowing informal collaboration and real-time information sharing. You can view GEMA’s tweets by visiting http://twitter.com/GeorgiaEMA, but to receive updates you must create an account and become a “follower” of GeorgiaEMA. Updates can be received on personal digital assistants (PDAs), cell phones or via e-mail.
In addition, GEMA’s preparedness campaign, Ready Georgia, now has a Facebook page. If you are on Facebook, you are encouraged to become a fan, and invite others to be a fan, too. When users visit the page, they can learn how to build a disaster supplies kit and make a preparedness plan, discover how to get their businesses Ready, participate in discussions, and watch fun, lighthearted videos, including one featuring Atlanta Falcon Ovie Mugelli encouraging residents to be Ready for an emergency.
GEMA is also sharing these videos on YouTube at these URLs:
You also can sign up to receive GEMA’s RSS feeds at www.gema.ga.gov.
GEMA is the lead state agency for coordination of emergency and disaster response activities. For more information on GEMA, visit www.gema.ga.gov. To learn how to prepare for disaster, visit www.ready.ga.gov.