The same social media sites that you use in your daily life to share and connect with friends can become a lifeline before, during, or after a flood. Including social media outlets in your family emergency plans is a great idea, but always have a back-up plan and keep important phone numbers in a safe place because you may not have access to these sites.
Many nonprofit and government social media accounts share tips on how to prepare, respond and recover from a flood event. Tips on what to put in emergency kits can be found on Pinterest as well.
By following agencies such as the National Weather Service, local government offices, and local weather reporters you can get alerts about impending threats. Often evacuation orders and instructions will be announced on government agencies’ social media outlets.
Your neighbors may not by tied into the same social networks as you. Help keep each other informed.
If you evacuate, you can keep up to date with what is happening back home through neighbors’ Facebook pages, local nonprofits’ Facebook pages, local government pages, local media, and other community group pages.
There are many opportunities for homeowners to use social media to assist them throughout the often long and complicated recovery process.
Be sure to remember that, depending on the situation, you may not have access to these sites. Always have a back-up plan and keep important phone numbers in a safe place.