Get Prepared's Twitter Protocol
Get Prepared's Twitter account (@Get_Prepared) is managed by our Communications Directorate.
Please note: This account is not to be contacted if you have an emergency. You should call 9-1-1 to report a crime, fire or save a life. For less urgent emergencies, please call the 10-digit number for your local police, fire or health services.
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Content and Frequency
We post relevant and timely messages on emergency preparedness, and may also occasionally post other safety-related information.
If you follow @Get_Prepared, you can expect to receive information, which may include (but not limited to):
- Alerts about new content on the GetPrepared.ca website (publications, videos, events related to emergency preparedness, Emergency Preparedness Week);
- Information about what Public Safety Canada and our partners are doing in the areas of emergency preparedness and emergency management; and,
- Information updates during a crisis, emergency situation or major event of national interest.
We will occasionally retweet content that we believe is of value to our audience. This is especially likely when the content is related to the emergency preparedness inCanada.
We monitor and update @Get_Prepared between 8am and 5pm E.S.T. Monday to Friday, excluding holidays observed in Ontario.
During emergency situations, we provide additional coverage as required.
We accept no responsibility for Twitter downtime.
Replies and Direct Messages
We read all @replies, comments and direct messages sent to us. We will respond in the official language (English or French) of the user's choice.
We encourage posts that are on topic, respectful and allow for further discussion.
We will ignore comments that contain inappropriate material as outlined below.
We also don't engage on issues of party politics.
Following and Followers
We do not auto-follow. If organizations follow us on Twitter, we may follow them back.
We may also follow individuals who identify themselves as having an interest in emergency preparedness.
Please note that being followed by @Get_Prepared does not imply endorsement of any kind.
Tweets will be posted in both official languages - in English on the @Get_Prepared account, and in French on the @Preparez-vous account. @Replies and direct messages that require a response will be answered in the official language of origin.
Users should be aware that some links direct users to sites of organizations or other entities that are not subject to the Official Languages Act.
The Government of Canada is committed to achieving a high standard of accessibility and is working to address issues with third-party service provider platforms. If you have any problems accessing any information on the site, an accessible version of Twitter is available. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain the information in an appropriate format.
Twitter, as a third party network, is not bound by Government of Canada policies for web accessibility.
Information shared with the @Get_Prepared account is subject to the provisions of the Access to Information Act, the Privacy Act and the Library and Archives Canada Act, which means that the information may be accessed and disclosed in response to a request under any of these acts. Users are advised not to share personal information including home addresses and telephone numbers.
We discourage and will ignore comments that:
- are libellous, abusive, rude;
- attack or discriminate against any other individual or group based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability;
- contain threats or harassment;
- violate an individual's privacy;
- break copyright rules; and
- contain spam or links to malicious websites.
We reserve the right to ignore and block followers that reply or message us with content that is deemed inappropriate as described above.
Links to Other Websites
Links to websites not under the control of the Government of Canada are provided solely for user convenience. The Government of Canada is not responsible for the information found through these links, nor does it mean we necessarily endorse the sites or their content.
General Enquiries and Media Requests
If you have any questions regarding @Get_Prepared or our Twitter protocol, please contact Public Safety Canada's social media team.
For other ways to reach us, please refer to our Contact Us page at: http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/bt/cntct-eng.aspx
Media requests should be directed to Public Safety Canada's Media Relations team.
Public Safety Canada reserves the right to change or modify its Twitter Policy without notice.
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