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Family : Crockett Co. Sheriff's Dept. Facebook Updates Kept us Safe

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

CROCKETT COUNTY Tenn.- A family in Crockett County said they knew to take cover in Wednesday's early morning storms thanks to Facebook updates from local law enforcement.

The roof of the family's garage was blown off by the storm. The family tpld WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News when they storm hit, and the power went out, they turned to social media.

"I'd been watching the Weather Channel and Channel 7 News and seen it was coming, then we didn't have any warning after that. We lost our sattelite signal out here. We didn't know anything the only way we could find out was through Facebook, and the Crockett County Sheriff's Department," said Geoffry Sills.

Investigator Jordan Spraggins said social media is just another way to communicate with residents and helps them protect and serve.

"That's our goal, and it makes us feel good about what we are doing. It gives us incentive to do more," said Spraggins.

The family says they are just thankful to be alive, "It could have easily just wiped the whole thing away, all of us included," said Corie Sullender.