Using social media to stay connected

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ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - In a world where social media is a part of our everyday lives, Escanaba’s Department of Public Safety explains it’s important to keep the community up-to-date.

“Facebook and Twitter are an instant thing. People are constantly on them trying to find instant information, and that’s our way to get it out there instantly,” explained Jennifer Spriks, an administrator at the department.

This is done by letting people know about road closures due to unexpected water main breaks.

“We put road closures on so they know that a specific road is closed in the city of Escanaba for that day,” said Spriks.

The department also keeps people informed by spreading the message about jobs or promotions happening inside the public safety’s office.

“It’s very important to get the word out there,” she stated.

This form of communication has inspired other law enforcement agencies to do the same.

“You can download this free app from the Michigan State Police,” said Trooper Stacey Rasanen of Negaunee’s Michigan State Police post.

With this new app, which can be downloaded for free from Google Play or the Apple App Store, people will be able to click any of the 30 MSP posts in the state to see new information regarding press releases and even car crashes.

“We can post it to that site, and [people] can see what’s happening so they can plan around it. If there are traffic delays, it can make it so that it’s smoother for us because people will take a different route, and it allows it for everyone to be safe,” explained Trooper Rasanen.

Both Escanaba’s Department of Public Safety and the Michigan State Police encourage people to use either forms of social media to their advantage.

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