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FEMA administrator stops using Twitter after taking new position

Emergency Management Alert, August 11, 2009

Newly appointed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator Craig Fugate has left his post as "disastersrus," his Twitter screen name account he used often as head of the emergency management department in Florida. The lack of twittering from someone who once called Twitter a more effective tool to inform people during and after disasters than his own state's dispatch information system has worried some in the field, reports the Miami Herald.

FEMA already has its own Twitter account under the name of "femainfocus," with 6,700 followers, reports the Herald. The agency uses it to update homeland security threat levels and update on disasters, and many emergency management officials use an account to quickly update the public. Fugate did not tell the Herald why he has stopped using his account.

FEMA already has its own Twitter account under the name of "femainfocus," with 6,700 followers, reports the Herald. The agency uses it to update homeland security threat levels and update on disasters, and many emergency management officials use an account to quickly update the public. Fugate did not tell the Herald why he has stopped using his account.

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