City Paper is not for tourists
Hey, myopic little twits! Here’s a new Twitter account for you to follow: @311DCgov, the online handle for the District’s resident services line 311. I’ve had many excellent experiences with getting assistance from 311, so it’s exciting to see them enter the fray.
Speaking of city services on Twitter, @dcfireems, the account for D.C. Fire and Emergency Services, has been awfully quiet lately. @dcfireems is the Twitter equivalent of a police scanner, announcing “ped struck” and house fires, with applicable addresses, all while sprinkling in helpful tips: “Still some power outages and storm damage evident – some street/roads may be blocked by trees & wires down – Walk w/ Caution, Drive w/ Care.”
Since there have been no tweets since Aug. 30, I checked in with the office. Apparently, the account is a one-man show. “Pete [Piringer] was on vacation,” says the rep I spoke to. But never fear! “He came back yesterday,” she added. “As soon as everything settles he’s gonna likely start tweeting again.”