Sounding the alarm
The National Weather Service issued preemptive warnings for the Nov 17 tornadoes over the most popular social media sites. This created a dialogue with the public that allowed them to stay safe and begin to recover.
- The National Weather Service tweeted the night before the Nov 17 tornadoes to warn the public that severe weather was on its way.
- — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago)Sat, Nov 16 2013 16:22:53
- They also provided tips for staying safe.
- — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago)Sat, Nov 16 2013 18:05:37
- And let the public know where important information would be available.
- — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago)Sat, Nov 16 2013 18:44:23Here's how you can help us tomorrow with severe weather reports on Facebook & Twitter. Remember, safety first! http://ow.ly/i/3KqyL
- The alerts started early that morning.
- — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago)Sun, Nov 17 2013 06:53:49
- In a region where severe tornadoes are not a regular occurrence, they did what they could to prevent common mistakes.
- It wasn't long before the public responded with on-the-ground reports.
- Social media captured the devastation of the aftermath.
- — Brian Williamsen (@brianwilliamsen)Tue, Nov 19 2013 19:36:32
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