Highlands & Islands

Highlands emergency group launches social media service

A system to provide information to the public through social media during a major incident in the Highlands and Islands has been launched.

The group responsible for public safety during a crisis has created new Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Highlands and Islands Strategic Co-ordinating Group (HISCG) is one of eight such bodies which have been created across Scotland.

It is believed to be the first to launch a social media presence.

The Twitter and Facebook pages, which have been branded "handiprepared," will feature information on how to be prepared for major incidents.

During an emergency, they will be used to provide essential information to the public.

The group brings together the police, fire service, health services and Highland Council.

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