Thursday, July 19, 2012

Alert for Tulsa (Oklahoma) Issued by the National Weather Service

This was sent at 6:27 am on the 19th of July.  One twitter account sent it at 7:51 am.  That's about a 30 minute delay for a message that reads:


THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF...
TULSA POLICE DEPARTMENT
EEN 16TH AND 17TH STREETS...FROM 108TH EAST AVENUE TO 109TH EAST AVE
RESIDENTS IN AN AREA BET WNUE NEED TO STAY IN THEIR HOMES...LOCK ALL
ARE PURSUING AN ARMED SUSPECT.
DOORS...AND ARE NOT TO COME OUTSIDE AS POLICE

Social media in Emergency Management users will quickly note that alerting may not be the BEST use of social media.  It is ONE use.  


Following local media on Twitter and Facebook may be better as well.  

After all, it is their job to informed.  Monitoring an all-hazards radio with an alarm is good as well.



Nevertheless, it is important, if following social media accounts, to notice 
the time stamp on the message.  

After all, the link below will show the message expired, 
after a time and media is reported the suspect is shot now too.


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