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Homeland security, weather officials talk about social media in a crisis

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In this social media age, many of us turn to the internet in times of disaster. It really doesn't matter what kind of emergency, twitter and Facebook light up in a crisis.

That was the topic Thursday at the Baton Rouge Soc-Me, Social Media Club's monthly meeting.

Ken Graham from the National Weather Service and Mike Steele from the governor's office of Homeland Security say social media has changed the way they operate.

“Like a situation this week when they're monitoring the tropics, we can send out regular updates through the National Weather Service to the people through our social media sites and so it's just another chance for us to kind of connect to the public,” Steele says.

They say the biggest challenge is misinformation and unnecessary hype also often spread on social networks.

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