The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced a new plan to use micro-blogging phenomenon Twitter to help provide evacuees with the latest news on major evacuation routes. MDOT will update the feeds so anybody can access them via computer, cell-phone or other electronic devices.

Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the the easy-to-use but difficult-to-explain Twitter system — as a user it can be as easy as visiting a website. If you’re looking for a way to keep your community up-to-date during storm events, Twitter might be worth considering, and it’s very easy (and free) to set up.

MDOT has set up feeds for their major evacuation routes: I-55, I-59, US-49, US-98, I-10, and I-20. There’s not much on there yet, but hurricane season isn’t far off.

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