By Joshua Cole Little
LUBBOCK, TX--- During the shooting in Roswell, New Mexico this week, many parents and others involved looked to social media to get instructions from police, fire and ems.
KLBK's Joshua Cole Little spoke with Lubbock's finest who want you to know, you can do the same thing here in Lubbock.
Whether there's a major disaster, like a fire or chemical spill or a major traffic accident, Lubbock Police and Fire Departments are keeping you informed on social media. And they want you to connect with them.
"Ultimately we work for the citizens we work for the people and alot of times they want to know what we are doing and why we are doing it," said Captain Nick Wilson with Lubbock Fire and Rescue.
He says in the event of fire or natural disaster, look to Facebook.
"It allows us to get timely information and accurate information out to the public any time there's any emergency."
Its not only Fire, but Lubbock Police are on sites like Facebook and Twitter, updating you with traffic closures, even pictures or video of suspects they are looking for.
"Some of the benefits are we actually catch a lot of the criminals that we are looking for because of social media," said Sgt. Jason Lewis.
And they are looking for ways to improve how they communiticate with the public.
"I know we were talking about the sirens for tornado sirens and things like that. Nixle
is one of the things that we are also looking at because we can geographically pin point certain areas of the city to notify people of dangers in that area."
Lubbock Fire Department and Lubbock Police Department want people to interact with them on social media.
They say they say that is the fastest way they can communicate with the public to both push information out and work with the public.