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Friday, February 26, 2010

County Uses Internet and Social Media to Communicate With Residents During Storms

The County website helped many residents make decisions in dealing with the two record-breakingsnowstorms that hit the metropolitan area between February 5 and 10.The storms brought a 46 percent increase in the number of page views of the Montgomery County website. The number of page views for the Department of Transportation increased 204 percent, Emergency Management wasup by 203 percent and the press release views rose by 537 percent.
 
Leading up to, during and following the storms, the County regularly issued winter storm updates that included the status of snow plowing, Ride On service plans, and information regarding power outages, trash and recycling collections, opening of shelters, government facility closures and winter safety tips.
 
Over 150,000 subscribers to Alert Montgomery received regular, continuous updates. Residents are strongly encouraged to subscribe at https://alert.montgomerycountymd.gov to stay updated on the latest important information.  Alerts can be sent to one or more electronic devices, including cell phones, text pagers, wireless PDAs, and home and work emails.
 
Additionally, Montgomery County tweeted winter storm advisories to its 2,127 Twitter followers, posted a winter storm update with weather-related safety tips on YouTube, posted 44 press releases to its 1,084 Facebook fans and emailed a Special Winter Storm Update to another 70,000 County homes.
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Last edited: 11/8/2010