Florida agency uses YouTube for emergency messages


Published: Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 9:36 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 9:36 a.m.

Florida's residents and visitors have another place to look for updated information on statewide weather and hazardous conditions being monitored by state emergency officials. The Florida Division of Emergency Management is now on YouTube.

Videos posted on the Web site are designed to give residents and visitors an abbreviated overview of the circumstances monitored by State Watch Office. The office is the state's 24 hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week operations facility for emergencies.

In a news release about the new online service, State Emergency Management Director Craig Fugate said, "We've seen tremendous growth in new media and its use for information gathering and sharing, especially during times of disaster. This page provides us with another tool by which to share useful information to our residents, visitors and responders seven days a week."

In addition to updates about weather and other conditions around the state, Fugate said his office is using YouTube to provide videos on topics like emergency preparedness.

To view the agency's daily videos, go to www.youtube.com/FloridaSERT

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