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Drum Point Flotilla 23-6 CG District 5SR
Prince Frederick, Maryland
Remember the 25!
In 2012 the emphasis of @CGAUXDrumPoint Twitter activity will be to Remember the 25, the twenty five persons that died in Maryland boating accidents in 2011. Please tweet with us.
The Drum Point Flotilla posts to Twitter as @CGAUXDrumPoint. Each time a new article posts to our blog an announcement is made automatically by Twitter. Facebook updates from our Drum Point Flotilla Fan Page are also automatically posted to Twitter. Our Twitter sysops follow other Coast Guard related Twitter users as well as maritime, SAR, commercial, and community related Twitter users.
Our focus is on Southern Maryland, but our thirst for knowledge goes beyond Calvert County. We also follow other Auxiliary flotillas and other organizations interested in promoting boating safety. We even follow some international maritime search and rescue organizations since we all share a common fraternal bond through the service we provide.
We refer you to our Link Policy regarding linking to other than Coast Guard sites using Twitter. When we do follow a Twitter’er it does not mean that the Coast Guard or the Coast Guard Auxiliary support and/or endorse a particular person, organization, or product. It means that by following this user our members and potentially the boating public may gain some valuable boating related information or knowledge. Likewise when we RT re-tweet that does not necessarily reflect an endorsement.
Why do we follow commercial Twitter users? Marine retailers and other Southern Maryland businesses can help us get the boating-safety message out to everyone. The Coast Guard Auxiliary even has a memorandums of understanding with some major marine businesses. We think sharing our posts with them helps move the boating-safety message. Twitter is a medium where your success or return on investment is in part measured by the relationships you create within your area of responsibility. All of us are individually responsible for boating safety. Establish relationships with our neighbors helps us help them get the right message out.
Some local media outlets follow our Tweets and we appreciate that! The media knows what we are up to and can learn more about the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary serving Southern Maryland. Media representatives can contact our Public Affairs Officer under the Contact tab above.
We also follow other safety-related organizations because there message is important and sometimes applicable to boaters and paddlers. RT of their tweets is for your personal information and does not necessarily reflect the position of the United States Coast Guard.
We encourage anyone with an interest in boating safety to follow us and read our tweets. By all means please re-Tweet! We created the hashtag #smboat to mark boating safety and other information of particular interest to boaters in Southern Maryland. Consider adding #smboat to your Discover Searches in your Twitter client.
We do not follow Twitter users that post profane, off color, or indecent language. We report and block spammers. We take aggressive steps to block and report such users to Twitter @spam.
Auxiliarists are not involved in politics while in uniform and while tweeting we consider ourselves to be in uniform. We appreciate that political groups and law makers follow us because the information we provide on boating safety and education may help you at some time in the future professionally or personally. We advocate the Coast Guard‘s position and not a political position or candidate. A re-tweet of a politician’s stand-up-paddling trip may get our attention particularly if we don’t see a life jacket on board. We campaign for nothing except boating safety.
All of this said, the person behind the tweets is a human using home and mobile computing technologies. Mistakes may occur, software may have glitches. All errors are corrected as fast as humanly possible. Should you see a tweet that causes you concern, use a DIRECT @d PRIVATE MESSAGE to ask us about the tweet. The worst possible thing you can do is magnify a mistake by re-tweeting it. It would like yelling at the top of your voice on channel 16 at someone with an open mic. They are not going to hear you and you make the situation far worse. You wouldn’t do it right? Use the contact tab on our website to send us an email if you would rather do that instead of sending a direct message.
We hope you enjoy our Tweets!
Thanks for following us! Please do explore our new website.
The Division 23 Chesapeake Chatter is available at the Division 23 website.
The Blinker Newsletter is available at the Fabulous 5th Southern Website.
The weekly CGUAX Newsletter is available at SITREP.
THE RBS Department's newsletter WAVES - Watercraft and Vessel Safety is available at the RBS website.
The CGAUXA eBeacon Magazine.
NOTICE/DISCLAIMER Links to non-Coast Guard entities are not under the control of the United States Coast Guard or the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, and are provided for the convenience of our customers. They do not, in any way, constitute an endorsement of the linked pages or any commercial or private issues or products presented there. We cannot make any warranty or representation concerning the content of these sites, or secondary sites from the pages to which they link.