I was checking out my local news online just a few minutes ago, and a story popped up that our county (Monongalia County, WV) Office of Emergency Management has started up a Twitter feed. I of course immediately logged in to Twitter and am now of 12 Followers. The OEM hopes to use Twitter to notify people about public emergencies, weather alerts, etc. and they’ve already got a post warning about stormy weather this week.
I, for one, am actually more than a little surprised and impressed that at least some of our local officials are embracing social networking, but I’ll be curious to see if they really utilize it (and to see how many more people actually follow their Twitter feed once the word has a chance to spread)
What about you guys out there? Does your local government utilize social networking tools, location-based or otherwise, to help get information out to the public?