The Twitter data firehose delivers hundreds of millions of Tweets every day. This data flood comes with many ‘big data’ challenges in terms of both data volumes and velocities. This presentation will focus on tools that help you find your data ‘signal’ of interest, and will include several demos that focus on using Twitter for flood early-warning systems. These demos will highlight the real-time, public broadcast nature of Twitter, examples of real-time firehose filtering, as well as recent Internet of Things (IoT) Twitter integrations.