Charleston County Government has announced it will begin to employ social media websites as a means to make itself more accesible to the local population.
So far, the County already has a Twitter feed, a Facebook page and a YouTube channel in its mission to most effectively communicate with the public. It also manages the Consolidated 9-1-1 Center's Public Education Program Facebook page and the Charleston County Emergency Management Department Facebook page.
About the highlighted social media initiative, Charleston County Administrator W. Kurt Taylor said,
"We are pleased about expanding the County's means of communicating with the public. 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."
The County plans to use its Facebook and Twitter pages to distribute news releases, photos, videos and local event information.
The Charleston County Emergency Management Department's Facebook page will be used to inform the public on what to do in the event of a hurricane or similar disaster.