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How to Use Social Media to Stay in Touch Before, During, and After a Disaster

I’m writing this article from Beaverton Oregon, one of the tech suburbs of Portland. As I do so, my wife and our family are still trying to get updates on family members in Houston area nursing homes to make sure they’re alright in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. We’re also thinking about friends of ours in Palm Beach Florida, in the path of Hurricane Irma.

But, frankly, we’re more focused on our local disaster. The Eagle Creek Fire which has, over the course of four days, lit over 20,000 acres of the Columbia Gorge on fire, and crossed the Columbia River.

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