The Times West Virginian

May 23, 2013

County Department of Homeland Security debuts Facebook page

Goal: Stop rumors and panic

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — In today’s instant news world, information travels fast.

And, unfortunately, so does misinformation.

The Marion County Department of Homeland Security debuted its new Facebook page Wednesday to both alert the county on impending emergencies and dispel rumors about unfolding events.

The venture has been planned for several months now, Chris McIntire, director of Central Communications, told the Marion County Commission on Wednesday.

A recent event that placed local schools on high alert showed how fast wrong news can travel.

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