New York Emergency Management Now Nagging You on Facebook


The New York City Office of Emergency Management this week launched a Facebook page. “If Facebook is where New Yorkers are looking for information,” reasons OEM commissioner Joseph F. Bruno, “OEM needs to be there with answers.” From the evidence of the site so far, it’s mainly a good place to go to feed your paranoia. “Did you know rip currents can move faster than an Olympic swimmer?” says one dispatch. “This week is National Rip Current Awareness Week, and OEM reminds New Yorkers to practice safe swimming.” Another advises, “OEM reminds New Yorkers to beat the heat this summer by staying out of the sun during its peak hours, 11 AM to 4 PM. If you have to be in the sun, wear sunscreen and a hat to protect your face and head.” We are also told not to open hydrants without a spray cap from the Fire Department, and that “a few inches of water can cause major damage to your home.” Astonishingly, OEM has 673 “fans,” some from as far away as Toronto. Join them, get a stream of public service announcements for your Wall, and make your Facebook more like late-night television.