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Missouri officials use Facebook to share drought info

Monday, July 16, 2012 | 9:47 a.m. CDT; updated 11:16 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 17, 2012

SPRINGFIELD — Missouri agriculture officials are using social media to share information about this summer's lack of rain, extreme heat and wildfires.

The University of Missouri Extension is encouraging people and groups to post on a Facebook page devoted to the drought. It's the latest effort to use Facebook to respond to disasters.

Facebook pages also were set up after last year's flooding and the tornadoes in Joplin and Branson.

Extension officials have a guide for using social media to respond to disasters. It's been downloaded and printed over 10,000 times, used at FEMA trainings and even distributed to county emergency management personnel in some states.


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