Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management Launches Facebook and Twitter Applications
Glen Burnie, MD (August 6, 2009) - The Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is pleased to announce the creation of its own Facebook and Twitter pages. These pages were developed in accordance with County Executive John R. Leopold’s commitment to provide consistent and timely information to the citizens of Anne Arundel County, as well as achieve his goal for a more transparent government. Facebook and Twitter, along with the recent acquisition of Dialogics, an emergency notification system, provide OEM with a dynamic array of communication avenues during emergency and non-emergency situations.
"We live in an information driven society and these tools allow us to easily communicate important information in a timely manner," said County Executive John R. Leopold. " Social networking applications, such as these, are free and connect a broad scope of people with up-to-date information and news. I commend the Office of Emergency Management for its continued efforts to reach out to as many citizens as possible through a variety of communication methods."
Facebook is a user friendly application that allows visitors to easily navigate and view pictures, watch videos, read press releases and public service announcements and network by becoming a fan of Emergency Management. It offers the Office of Emergency Management a unique opportunity to utilize our page as a recruiting tool for volunteers, an education outlet, a medium to unite people with common emergency preparedness interests and to disseminate information to the public in a timely fashion.
Twitter is a micro-blogging service that enables users to send and read other users' updates that are referred to as "tweets". Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 bytes in length. Updates are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them.
In addition to Facebook and Twitter, OEM recently acquired Dialogics, which is a geographically based emergency notification system sometimes referred to as reverse 911. The system can be programmed to call all or specified communities within Anne Arundel County and can be used to convey emergency or general information that affect our communities.