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Social media to help inform public during emergencies

Published On: Jan 27 2014 11:52:13 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 28 2014 08:55:36 AM CST
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WKBT, News8000.com

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

A Facebook post or a tweet will soon be a reliable way to get official information when disasters strike.

Emergency officials brought the Natural Disaster Preparedness Training Center to La Crosse Monday.

It's a free class teaching police officers, E.M.S., and emergency management officials how to not only send out information during disasters, but also how to engage with the public.

The La Crosse County emergency management coordinator says they want to make sure everything is done right before rolling it out. "If they did not use social media correctly, it was a problem within a problem. But the communities who had a solid foundation and knew what they were doing were able to help their communities recover quickly, get information out to them, and perhaps even save lives," said Keith Butler.

Trainers say it's a good idea to know official places that already send out details, like Ready Wisconsin and the National Weather Service.

You can also check news8000.com or News 8 on Twitter and Facebook.

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