New social media drill, weather service to test reach of severe weather updates
Now that social media has become a main source of news for many, weather experts are testing to see how many people they can reach with an urgent message.
Today, at 5:30 p.m., the National Weather Service will be running their annual Social Media Tornado Drill.
The goal of the drill is to demonstrate the power of social media and to see how fast an urgent update would spread.
Reports show that last year’s drill showed that most people who saw the message was because of their friends “liking” it or sharing it.
This drill comes during their National Severe Weather Preparedness Week as a way to help people be ready for the severe weather we see throughout the year.