Monday, May 16, 2016

Social Media Helps Us Spread the Word During Emergencies

Whether we're reporting about an open Red Cross shelter or providing info on severe weather on Facebook and Twitter, social media has been at great tool to help us get the word out quickly during emergencies.
In fact, the American Red Cross is often considered a national leader in using social media during emergencies–known in the industry as ‪#‎SMEM‬ (Social Media in Emergency Management)–and makes it a regular practice to share informational updates, lifesaving tips and advice, and guidance on how to give and get help during disasters large and small.
Here's a recent story on how a family in Ireland was helped by a Colorado Red Cross chapter via Twitter to check on a relative who was displaced by a fire at an apartment building.

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