NEW YORK CITY, NY (WDTN) - Hurricane Sandy ripped through New York City Monday, flooding 911 dispatchers with 10,000 calls every 30 minutes, according to Mayor Bloomberg's office.
Sandy's wrath was so great , FDNY's Social Media Manager, Emily Rahimi, who grew up in Kettering, Ohio, utilized the department's official Twitter account to help.
"I was getting a lot of tweets from people who were trapped in houses, whose cell phone service was dropping and they weren't able to get a connection long enough to talk to someone at 911," said Rahimi, in a phone interview from NYC.
The 7-year veteran of the department did her best to ease the fears of her fellow New Yorker's. Throughout the night, she relayed information she received through Twitter to dispatchers and consistently re-tweeted accurate information from Mayor Bloomberg's office.
"People were reading tweets on Twitter and many of them were just rumors of things happening," said Rahimi. "Rumors such as explosions happening throughout the city."
Rahimi communicated countless times to the department's Twitter followers to not solely rely on the social media platform.
"Its always best to call 911," said Rahimi. "But, in some cases people didn't have any other option and I was happy to be able to help them in some fashion. They seemed to appreciate it. Our firefighters, EMS crews and dispatchers did a great job helping people."
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