News: Corps social media campaign promotes life jackets, offers prizes
Story by Tracy Robillard
SAVANNAH, Ga. - This summer the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District is promoting life jacket use with the WEAR IT to Win It campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
Now through Labor Day weekend, the Corps is offering prizes to those who submit photos of themselves or their friends and family wearing a life jacket.
The public is encouraged to post photos to the Savannah District Facebook page at www.facebook.com/savannahcorps or tweet them using the Savannah District Twitter handle @SavannahCorps and the hashtag #WEARIT.
Every Wednesday, the Savannah District's Corporate Communications Office will select a photo that was posted during the previous calendar week and award a prize. Photos will be judged based on subject matter, focus, creativity and overall emphasis on water safety.
Prizes include free campsite reservations, picnic shelter reservations and daily passes at Corps-managed facilities at Hartwell Lake and J. Strom Thurmond Lake. Additionally, all winners will receive a free Coast Guard-approved Type IV boat throw cushion and a distress whistle courtesy of Sea Tow Clarks Hill/Thurmond Lake. Winners will be announced and notified via the social networking site on which they submitted the photo.
See complete details about WEAR IT to Win It at: http://balancingthebasin.armylive.dodlive.mil/wearit
"Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have become primary sources of public information, so we are excited about launching this campaign to engage people on the socialsphere," said Tracy Robillard, social media manager for the Savannah District. "We want people to get creative and have fun—all while sharing a very important water safety message to always wear your life jacket when you are in, on, or near the water."
For questions about the WEAR IT to Win It! Campaign, contact Tracy Robillard at 912-652-5450 or Tracy.K.Robillard@usace.army.mil.