Tweets For Your Safety!
Twitter announced the launch of the new Twitter Alerts this past September. Designed to supplement existing emergency notification systems, Twitter Alerts allows law enforcement bodies, public safety and emergency management organizations, governments and other federal, state and local agencies to provide alerts via text message and push notifications during emergencies to subscribed users. Users can sign up to receive these alerts from the accounts of their choice. When those accounts send out a tweet labelled as an alert, users will then receive a SMS or push notification along with the tweet on their Twitter stream, marked by a orange bell icon.
A number of organizations within the United States and abroad have enabled alerts on their Twitter accounts. You can find the full list of participating organizations here. Subscribing for these alerts is fairly straight-forward and only takes a few moments. Simply sign in to your Twitter account, then head to the Alerts set up page for the organization you’re interested in receiving emergency notifications from. This page can be found by adding “/alerts” to the organization’s Twitter URL.
For example, if you wish to subscribe to Twitter alerts from FEMA, you would sign up at https://twitter.com/fema/alerts.
Once on the set up page, simply click the blue “Activate Alerts from @fema” button. If you have no mobile phone number linked to your account, you will be prompted to add one, allowing the system to send you alerts via SMS. In order to receive Twitter alerts via push notification, you must be using Twitter for iPhone version 5.10 or higher, and Twitter for Android 4.1.6 or higher.
Twitter can be a valuable source of real-time information and with this new alert system, it can provide lifesaving information for you and your family.
SOURCES: twitter.com, mashable.com