KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 28, 2009 – In preparation for the start of hurricane season on June 1, customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority can now receive updates on major power outages via Twitter at http://twitter.com/KUAalerts.
The Twitter updates compliment the KUA Alerts outage notification service that was launched by the utility in 2005.
After a hurricane or severe storm passes through the area, KUA will post regular messages, called tweets, with updates on power restoration progress in Kissimmee. Customers can follow the tweets on their cell phones, via instant messaging, RSS or on the Internet.
Signing up for a Twitter account is free and takes only a minute. To subscribe to the outage alerts, go to KUA’s profile page (http://twitter.com/KUAalerts) and click on “Join today!” Think of a username, fill in a password, provide a valid email address and create an account. Once completed, account holders will automatically be following the outage alerts. Participants can unsubscribe from the service at any time.
KUA also maintains a general news page on Twitter at http://twitter.com/KUAdirect.
Note: There are no charges for the updates, but standard text messaging rates or bundles may apply from your carrier.
Twitter (www.twitter.com) is a free micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users’ updates known as tweets.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 62,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent