7 Handy Preparedness-Related Twitter Feeds

For risk managers and business owners looking to stay on top of risks, Twitter is a great resource. Not only can you follow individuals, organizations and businesses that focus on specific risk-prevention-related topics, but Twitter can also provide invaluable real-time updates from everyday people when an event or disaster is happening. Whether you are already on Twitter or new to it, we wanted to share some of our favorite preparedness-related feeds.

Tweets About Weather

Twitter has a wealth of weather-related feeds for specific areas, regions and the entire nation. Here are three high-level weather feeds that we think every risk manager or business owner will find valuable:

@NOAA: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tweets about important science and weather-related topics that impact the U.S. and the planet as a whole. During a crisis or emergency, NOAA will also send alerts that may contain time-sensitive, critical information related to an unfolding event.

@NWS: The National Weather Service tweets about current and expected weather events with the goal of building a Weather-Ready Nation by providing better information for better decisions to save lives and livelihoods.

Helpful Government Resources

Various government agencies provide great tips and updates related to risk management as well as current or expected events. Here are a few helpful government feeds at the national level. Be sure to follow your key local agencies as well. 

@readygov: Ready is a government campaign that is designed to educate citizens and businesses about emergency preparedness and its twitter feed covers all things disaster-related. 

@fema: The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mission is to, “support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.” It tweets about all kinds of related topics. 

@CDCemergency: The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention works to protect America from health, safety and security threats and its twitter feed is designed to help increase national preparedness for emergencies. 

General Risk Awareness

Twitter has resources for practically any type of disaster that is most likely to hit your area, whether it is an earthquake or tornadoes, so be sure to search for relevant feeds. Here are a couple of general feeds to consider following:

@redcross: The American Red Cross tweets about U.S. and international disasters and provides tips for preparing for and recovering from them.

@therisknews: TheRiskNews.com tweets about all things risk related, including enterprise, operational and catastrophe risks.

If you’re looking for even more Twitter feeds to follow, just go to the above sites and see who they are following. Chances are, you’ll find a host of other feeds that you’re interested in.

Also, don't forget to follow Interstate on Twitter (@InterstateRest) to find even more disaster preparedness tips, recovery news, how-tos, and education.