As Hurricane Florence makes landfall just North of Wilmington, North Carolina as a strong Category 1 storm, President Trump has been on a retweet rampage of sorts. The president, who has been on the receiving end of criticism following the devastation and loss of life in Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria last year, seems to be set on not making the same mistakes again.
Within a span of just 30 minutes this morning, Trump retweeted a number of important messages from FEMA, The National Guard, The Red Cross, Homeland Security and others. Much of this information was of great value to those getting pounded by this Hurricane this morning, and some would say, his tweets were a breath of fresh air compared to what one would typically expect from this president.
With that said, two of these retweets appear to be out of place, not because they aren’t related to the hurricane, but because of their timing. Typically emergency management officials will urge those in the path of a Hurricane to evacuate days in advance, and usually no less than 12 hours before the storm makes landfall. The reasoning for this is that vehicles will not be permitted on most roads once a State of Emergency is issued, and the dangers of trying to evacuated during a storm can be worse than trying to stay behind in one’s home.
The first out of place retweet this morning was from FEMA and was originally posted by them yesterday morning. It read as follows:
— FEMA (@fema) September 13, 2018
Moments after this retweet, the President retweeted a message sent out two days ago by HHS.gov, providing specific direction if one was to evacuate. It read as follows:
If you’re ordered to evacuate ahead of #HurricaneFlorence:
➡️ Take only essential items
➡️ Turn off the gas, electricity, and water
➡️ Disconnect appliances
➡️ Do not drive or walk across creeks or flooded roads
— HHS.gov (@HHSGov) September 12, 2018
There is nothing wrong with the President going on a retweet spree of sorts, warning people, posting safety tips, and showing that he’s taking the initiative to make sure supplies and crews are in place to clean up, following the storm. What can be dangerous, however, is sharing old information which is no longer accurate, or sharing information which could make people think it’s ok to evacuate the storm as they face the brunt of it.