Charleston Co. turning to social media to inform the public

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Government is taking a big jump into the digital age through their use of a number of social media websites to keep the public informed.

The County is making itself more accessible to the public thanks to an established Twitter account, a new County Facebook page, the Consolidated 9-1-1 Center's Public Education Program Facebook page, and a developing YouTube account.

"We are please about expanding the County's means of communicating with the public," said Charleston County Administrator W. Kurt Taylor. "Until recently, government entities had to rely on costly direct mail or the media to get information out to constituents. Today, social media is rapidly developing as a fast and free way to share news and information, and the County has embraced this ability to directly communicate with our citizens."

Charleston County will use its Facebook and Twitter accounts to post news releases, photos, videos, and links to events.

The new Charleston County Emergency Management Department's Facebook page will keep the public updated on what to do in the event of a hurricane or other natural or manmade disaster situation.

The public can also watch County Council meetings live online, and register their cell phone number with Alert Charleston County.

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