Behold the Power of Twitter

The recent terrorist attack in Mumbai has underscored the power of Twitter to instantly provide firsthand information on events as they unfold.

But Twitter can be more than just a powerful new tool for citizen-journalists, it can also be a powerful tool for governments to use as part of an emergency notification system.

There are plenty of government information feeds on Twitter, but I’m wondering when a state or local government will integrate a Twitter feed into an emergency notification system to generate Tweets on natural disaster warnings, amber alerts, weather emergencies and other types of emergencies.

There is a Twitter feed for Amber Alerts that is maintained by – although this isn’t a government agency, its exactly the idea I am referring to.

I hope some folks in law enforcement in state and local governments take notice.