Posted: Thu 12th Dec 2013

North Wales Police given access to potentially lifesaving Twitter alert service

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This article is old - Published: Thursday, Dec 12th, 2013

North Wales Police have been given access to a new potentially lifesaving alert service which will send people in the region critical information to their phone or computer in a major incident.

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Simple One Click Sign Up

Twitter Alerts send reliable information from a credible source in times of emergency. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Whenever an alert is made, those signed up to the free service will receive a notification directly to their phone and a highlighted alert on their Twitter timeline. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Tweets could be about large scale evacuations, major flooding, or chemical emergencies. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Now thousands of people across the area are being asked to help by following the NWP Twitter page and joining Twitter Alerts for free, including nearly 16,000 profile followers. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The service was launched worldwide in September this year following a number of global emergencies during which officials used Twitter as an information tool.   ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It has recently been made available to police forces in the UK.    ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The tool will be used alongside other mainstream communications methods so that those who don’t use Twitter are also given information. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Senior police officers hope that it will be useful in major flooding, chemical emergencies or large scale evacuations. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Social Media has revolutionised how we engage with our communities with the speed and extent to which a message can be sent being  quite staggering.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It has become a crucial tool in major incidents – we can pass information immediately, react to rumour and speculation  and engage with people on the ground.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Twitter Alerts could potentially save lives by giving real time updates about how people can keep themselves and their families safe in an      emergency.”   ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It can also help reduce demand upon the emergency services allowing staff to focus on priorities.”    ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

North Wales Police have a strong social media presence in the region and urge people to follow our Twitter page and get involved. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

More information can visit http://www.north-wales.police.uk/ or sign up by visiting @NWpolice on Twitter orwww.twitter.com/nwpolice/alerts ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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