Blake Dowling: Lessons from Irma; tech tips for the next storm – Florida Politics (blog)
Irma was a monster; some parts of the state were lucky, others were not. My prayers are with all those impacted by the storm.
Shout outs to our state and local leaders for keeping everyone in the loop; a lot was learned from Hermine last year. I personally thought Gov. Rick Scott did a great job with communication and his relentless messaging. That is what it’s about. Keep the people in the loop. Same with county officials, they also did a great job.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson was also all over the place keeping the people in the know.
Nice work Government.
On Monday, I was talking on Twitter with Skip Foster of the Tallahassee Democrat about Irma (during the storm), because you honestly could not get a straight answer on the Weather Channel for what was about to happen in North Florida (meaning that after a rough sunrise, we got hit).
Skip was like “look at the radar,” it’s gone. Meanwhile, several other media outlets were still saying the worst was yet to come. It was what they were saying all weekend.
But then … poof … never mind, show’s over folks.
I don’t think I ever need to see another reporter doing the “I’m in the really strong wind stance” while covering a storm. Really? Isn’t that sensationalism at its core? I only want to see it if it’s Geraldo (that guy can cover anything).
But, seriously, when a storm is barreling down on you, it would be nice to just have the facts. Thanks, Skip.
So, as for the facts next time, grab the latest app and keep informed when a storm rolls around.
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