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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Guest Post: Social Media And Public Safety

How Social Media Contribute in Public Safety

The world of social media is a powerful tool to use for public safety and awareness. The communication of agencies using Facebook and Twitter and other social media let society know up to date happenings to be aware of any safety precautions, hazards, fires, floods, outages and more instantly via the internet.

The spectrum of the impact social media has for public safety and prevention is a unique form of customer service to have real time information and get the word out rapidly and efficiently. This two way form of communication from agencies relay messages to the public and visa versa. For example, if a fire has broken out at Lahaina Hotel and the fire fighters of California are at the scene, social media usage would let the public know the happenings and the fire is under control and the occupants are safe and sound.

Updated real time news can instantly be posted by the California Fire Fighters making the public aware of the area to avoid with precautionary measures and detours available instantly. Cities that are using social media as real time news are getting the message out faster than any other source available. More people are using Facebook and Twitter apps on their Smartphone’s and tablets to stay in touch with breaking news receiving a text instantly.

Social Media networks have endless capabilities in public safety awareness. This dynamic resource of information is received by the public instantly. Any type of situation can be relayed with a wide spread of information. The power of using the social media networks in public safety is it has the ability to stop crime before it begins and the proper authorities can be notified of the situation and respond accordingly.

Many instances happen where innocent bystanders are at the wrong place at the wrong time witnessing a horrific crime. In turn, they bystanders may text, post a video on Facebook or Twitter so their network of friends and followers will help them and contact the proper authorities. This crucial action can save so many lives against the danger that dilemmas might bring.

Social Media use today is used more than any other form of communication on the planet. Natural disasters can be instantly broadcasted across a wide range of platforms making the public aware and what to do. In California, forest fire outbreaks are extremely dangerous and spread rapidly. The fire fighters are fast to respond on the scene and through social media platforms the public instantly will be aware of what streets, areas and the depth of the fire and what to avoid to keep safe. Children also will be aware where the dangers lie which will save lives and create a safe haven. Through innovative technology, the wide spread use of Smartphone’s, texting, tablets and more are connected with news and updates ideal to impact public safety and awareness in real time.

Kathleen Hubert
Kathleen Hubert is a blogger who writes on a variety of different sites. Check out more of her work at

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