When weather conditions become dangerous, every moment matters. The Courier Herald recognizes this fact and wants to be a part of keeping our community safer. Earlier this week, there were tornado warning in Laurens and surrounding counties. When The Courier Herald learned of these warnings, issued by the National Weather Service, we snapped into motion to inform our readers and our community.
The first step we took to inform the public of the warnings was to issue a Twitter® update. Twitter.com is an SMS messaging service that has grown in popularity across the world and was even credited with assisting in uprisings in Iran during recent elections. It is a communications tool of the 21st Century and The Courier Herald is utilizing this technology as part of our growth as a local media outlet.
If you have a Twitter® account, you can follow The Courier Herald and receive updates on a daily basis about local stories that will be appearing in each day’s edition. More importantly, when there is an emergency, you will be informed. All our Twitter® updates appear instantly on our website, www.courier-herald.com and are viewable by everyone. If you follow us on twitter.com, you can also have our tweets (the official name of a single twitter submission) delivered directly to your cell phone. You’ll be updated on emergency and dangerous weather situations in real time, as they happen.
Luckily no one was injured in our area during this week’s storms. Unfortunately, storms will occur again and again. Instant mass communication is part of the future of news delivery. It has the potential to save lives and to reinforce safety, freedom and democracy. The trick is, you have to sign up.
Don’t wait around. Go to www.twitter.com/courierherald to start following us today. We will keep you informed in case of emergency, and keep you up to date on the stories that are breaking each day in The Courier Herald. It doesn’t matter if you are a print edition subscriber, a digital edition subscriber or an occasional reader. This service is free and it could save a life.
- Jonathan Dye