As I’m finishing my own 3rd cup of coffee, which I made from tap water, I realize I hadn’t heard anything as to if the water was safe to drink if you do have water. I did a little digging on the city website and didn’t find anything. So I ventured on back to Twitter. Oh look, one of the first tweets is an alert that the entire city is on a boil order. Great. I hope this wasn’t my LAST cup of coffee.
But this got me thinking. How do people get their news? If I were an elderly person who doesn’t have kids in the schools, am not into technology, and our TV news stations broadcast from the “big city” that’s 2 hours away, how would I ever have known about any of this? How would I know not to drink my water? How would I know, before I drove into town to run errands, that many of the businesses are closed? What if I don’t have a smart phone and can’t get text alerts from work?
I love social media. I love how effectively it can notify people of important news. I love how it can connect people. I love how it can serve as a support system when the unexpected happens. But we could be doing more than just sending out tweets.
When you hear of big news, take a minute to think of some of the people you can reach out to. Maybe you can simply take your dog for a walk and stop to talk to neighbors. Maybe you can actually call a coworker (gasp!) who doesn’t have a smart phone or computer. Let’s not take it for granted that we have technology at the tip of our fingers and can find out anything at any time. Once you get the updates that you need, be kind, share the knowledge!