Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) is urging its Twitter followers to sign up to the free service to ensure they receive time-sensitive, critical information related to an imminent or unfolding event.
The Humber tidal surge and subsequent flooding in December 2013 showed the power and speed of social media and, in particular, Twitter. HFRS attracted over 1000 new followers to its Twitter feed over the 24 hours of the incident. The public and partner agencies commented on how useful the up-to-date information had been in warning and informing as the situation unfolded.
If you sign up to receive HFRS Twitter Alerts, you will receive a notification directly to your phone whenever that account marks a Tweet as an alert. Notifications are delivered via SMS, and if you use Twitter for iPhone or Twitter for Android, you’ll also receive a push notification. Alerts also appear differently on your home timeline from regular Tweets; they will be indicated with an orange bell.
To sign up, simply look for the orange bell on the HFRS Twitter page and click. It only takes a minute, but could buy you much more time than that should the worst happen in the region.