Officials turn to social media in the face of Hurricane Irma

With two massive hurricanes having devastated the southeastern border of the United States and the Caribbean, government officials and crisis responders have accepted social media as a reality when it comes to real-time communication and information delivery — and it may be saving lives. Just two weeks ago, the US Coast Guard urged East Texas citizens to stay off social media, and to report their crises via the more traditional method of calling 911 or similar emergency numbers. But now it looks like it’s come around to the idea that social media might be the fastest way to disseminate storm…

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