There’s no other way to say it: Stay informed during a hurricane or any severe weather event. Knowing what’s going on can save lives.
There are multiple weather sources available. Here are just a few:
- Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Facebook and Twitter
- Okaloosa County Department of Public Safety
- Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners Facebook
- Santa Rosa County Emergency Management and Facebook
- Holt Fire District
- Holt Enterprise News, Facebook and Twitter
- Spinks Megginson’s RedZone Weather—meteorologist out of Brewton, Ala., who forecasts the northwest Florida/lower Alabama area; goes live on Facebook during tornado warnings
- Mike’s Weather Page/spaghettimodels.com—hurricane hobbyist with a LARGE following; source for all things hurricane
- NOAA Weather
- NOAA Weather Radio
- The Weather Channel
Regardless of its current challenges under new ownership, Twitter is still the best source of immediate information. During severe weather, the NWS and other government agencies tweet real-time information on their Twitter sites. Facebook, while more popular, doesn’t allow for emergencies; those posting too quickly—or “moving too fast” as Facebook calls it—will be blocked (aka “Facebook timeout”) for a period of time.
Get a Twitter account and follow National Weather Service Mobile’s IEMBot Mob Twitter account for real-time information such as alerts, watches and warnings.
Use text messages, social media and email to connect with friends and family during emergencies rather than making a phone call. Mobile networks can become overwhelmed during emergencies making cell phone calls difficult. Text messages use less bandwidth and can get through when phone calls can’t.