Be Sure of Your Information
We have more ways to communicate with each other than ever before. But sometimes the information we receive -- or pass on -- just isn't correct.
A message flashed on the Internet can reach thousands of people in seconds. A relative or friend may have forwarded a warning, or a story that sounds true. But unfortunately, the information may simply be an unverified story, or worse, be deliberately and cruelly false.
A partially heard news bulletin on television or radio can be misinterpreted in a time of heightened concern.
It is our responsibility as citizens to be sure of the truthfulness of information before we act on it or pass it on. Always check out information, even if it came from a friend who innocently sent it on to you.
If you are concerned about something you believe you heard on the news
- Listen to the news again carefully to make sure you heard the story correctly.
- If need be, call a local, county or state official for confirmation.
Check the reliability of e-mail or internet information.
Some excellent Internet sites can be helpful in separating real information from hoaxes. We have provided several references below.
To check on the authenticity of computer virus warning messages, visit the website of your anti-virus software provider.
With the advent of the Internet, we all have the power to become "publishers" of information. All the time, but especially during an emergency, we all also have a responsibility to make sure that information we send to others is accurate.