Sample Social Media Messages
The following messages can be posted on your agency’s Twitter feed. All posts are 140 or fewer characters.
In addition to the suggestions below, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s @CDCReady and @CDCEmergency feeds can be retweeted as relevant information and links are tweeted.
- Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed!
- Heat-related illness is preventable. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed!
- Stay cool! Limit outdoor activity, and avoid direct sunlight – especially midday when it is hottest.
- Stay hydrated! Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Drink more water than usual, and avoid sugary, caffeinated, & alcoholic beverages.
- Stay informed! Heat is among the highest weather-related killers in the US.
- Stay cool! Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
- Stay hydrated! Drink from 2-4 cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
- Stay informed! People over 65 are vulnerable to heat. Visit neighbors, friends, and family members to make sure they’re cool and hydrated.
- Stay cool! Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place.
- Keep your pets cool! Lethargy and loss of appetite can be signs of dehydration. Always offer fresh water and shade where pets can cool off.
A benefit to posting on Facebook is that conversations can be had among fans (although this can require additional moderation).
All of the above tweets can be cross posted as Facebook messages, but the following suggestions have images and links that can also be posted. For more suggestions, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cdcemergency to repost useful links, webpages, photos, and tips.
- Ever wonder the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion? Check out the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions page about extreme heat! http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/faq.asp
- It’s HOT outside. Stay cool. Stay hydrated. Stay informed.
- What does it mean when the National Weather Service talks about the heat index? http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml#heatindex/
- CDC tips for athletes feeling the heat: http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/pdf/athlete-poster-preview.pdf
- Did you know that extreme heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States? http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml
- How do you stay cool on extremely hot days?
- Adults over 65 are among the most at-risk during extreme heat events. Pop by your neighbors’, friends’, and family members’ home to ensure that they’re drinking enough water and keeping their homes cool!