FEMA recommends Twitter to communicate about hurricane

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FEMA was not the only agency dedicating its Twitter account to crisis communications on Monday.

The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) set up a "bipartisan list of East Coast governors on Twitter" to help get the latest advice and warnings out to people in the path of the storm. 

Federal offices in Washington, D.C., are closed on Monday -- although the Supreme Court is still hearing arguments, Forbes noted -- which means that many members of Congress were pointing Twitter followers to alternative contact information for district offices. East Coast representatives were using Twitter to distribute weather and service alerts.

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) recommended that his followers not go "walking with the wind." Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement is the title of Lewis's 1999 memoir.

President Obama, who also pointed East Coasters to FEMA's resources, has canceled campaign appearances on Monday and Tuesday. Mitt Romney canceled events in Virginia and sent his campaign bus there to collect emergency supplies from campaign centers.

Several campaigns, including Romney's and that of Tim Kaine (D), a former Virginia governor and now Senate candidate, sent out emails reminding supporters to bring in campaign signs. 

Those campaign signs can become "airborne missles" due to high winds, as D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray put it in a tweet.

On Sunday night, Romney's response to the storm prompted a popular parody under the hashtag #RomneyStormTips. A Twitter account by the same name was created and quickly accrued more than 35,000 followers.