WBKO Facebook Helpful During Severe Weather

By: Daniel Kemp Email
By: Daniel Kemp Email

It seems nearly everyone's doing it.

More people are "Facebooking," or sending "tweets" via "Twitter" everyday.

But as social networking sites continue to gain popularity, they're also becoming useful in emergency situations.

Just this week, floodwaters rose around Fargo, North Dakota and people there turned to Facebook.

They wanted to know how they could offer help, or even get it.

But we here at WBKO may have never seen this type of new media prove to be so useful than this past weekend.

Saturday evening, reports of severe weather began pouring in to WBKO, but pouring in from viewers across South-Central Kentucky,

"This was one of those rare occasions on Saturday when people could actually see the funnel clouds or wall clouds taking shape." explained Chris Allen, weather director at WBKO.

Viewers became engaged, but not just through the TV screen

"Now we've got the new social media," Allen said. "And through Facebook and Twitter, we got instant updates."

Instantly, our First Alert Storm Team was getting information from you on WBKO's Facebook page, enabling us to get feedback and quickly ease concerns.

In fact, during the weekend weather, WBKO Facebook alone had nearly 630 profile views and 150 new fans added to the page.

"It's all instant," explained Austin Albany, the developer of WBKO's Facebook page. "It's fast, it's up-to-date. Instead of reading a newspaper, people get online and go to their favorite website and find out the info right then."

It's technology that's helping you at home stay safe when severe weather hits and a new way for you to get information to us, the same way we strive to do everyday.

"These are all enhancements," Allen said. "Twitter, Facebook and our webchannel are all enhancements of what WBKO is and that's what makes it so great," Allen said.

Chris adds the threat for severe weather is just now beginning this year and there's many more months ahead.

For the most instant information, continue to stay connected to our webchannel, and add us at www.facebook.com.

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